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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Pittsburgh, PA
#45
OVERALL RANKING

Pittsburgh, PA


SCORE: 72.49

#44
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.58
 
#49
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.51
 
Percent of Population 65+:  17.70%
Population 65+:  417,790
Total Population:  2,360,989

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 32 89.35 87.83 1.73 %
Health Care 57 61.65 62.09 -.71 %
Wellness 77 66.67 72.07 -7.49 %
Financial Security 86 82.99 88.25 -5.96 %
Education 20 66.69 61.67 8.14 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
15 56.88 46.42 22.53 %
Employment 44 63.64 63.96 -.50 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
54 69.74 69.42 0.46 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
15 81.72 73.23 11.59 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 7 66.07 46.41
Crime rate 6 75.60 52.77
Internet access 92 72.67 83.51
Employment growth 96 81.52 86.82
Unemployment rate 47 62.50 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 80 53.49 65.13
Fatal car crashes 46 51.58 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 42 91.31 62.02
Primary-care physicians 80 49.37 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 60 42.16 45.49
Number of nurses 34 42.72 38.33
Number of hospital beds 36 39.80 37.22
Long-term hospitals 43 22.97 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 53 34.60 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 43 41.49 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 12.39 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 44 29.95 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 56 30.95 31.70
Dialysis centers 40 41.90 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 46 50.28 48.95
Physical therapists 17 72.93 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 48 60.44 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 54 85.71 83.71
Medical school affiliation 71 33.33 45.76
Magnet hospitals 45 11.43 14.40
ER wait times 19 50.85 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 69 63.84 70.79
Smoking rate 90 19.62 30.34
Diabetes rate 77 40.50 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 47 83.70 81.26
Caregivers 91 28.59 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 71 81.19 84.59
Depression 63 40.76 43.31
Physical activity 72 58.17 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 20 55.43 46.08
Fast-food outlets 41 61.16 61.73
Falls with injury 41 38.09 38.43
Binge drinking 78 33.55 40.64
Air quality 96 49.35 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 60 45.42 47.44
Total bank deposits 11 11.23 7.24
Tax burden 66 59.76 68.14
Dependency ratio 53 84.25 84.57
Growth of small businesses 65 84.46 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 35 62.30 58.57
Capital gains 59 38.50 49.15
Income growth 69 81.57 84.11
Reverse mortgages 50 11.00 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 24 55.20 44.17
Median rental price 12 84.25 69.47
Households with older adults 11 66.23 55.52
Nursing beds 39 64.03 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 84 48.44 64.62
Home health-care service providers 56 12.49 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 27 26.56 23.14
Cost of assisted living 52 81.01 80.63
Nursing-home rating 87 17.64 36.99
Older adults in family homes 93 77.93 84.60
Cost of adult day services 27 58.33 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 14 69.17 50.90
Commute times 72 72.83 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 15 57.35 38.41
Number of passenger trips 26 10.29 9.79
Public transport fare 1 100.00 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 72 62.39 67.65
Grocery stores 79 26.25 33.58
Special needs transportation 63 22.24 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 9 61.17 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 59 26.85 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 37 56.29 53.28
Number of public libraries 32 49.82 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 26 75.61 60.15
Funding for older adults 6 83.19 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 19 93.76 38.00
College enrollment 85 48.80 58.16
Number of community colleges 14 32.48 20.92
Number of universities 20 49.69 38.93