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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Pittsfield, MA
#102
OVERALL RANKING

Pittsfield, MA


SCORE: 67.59

#97
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.78
 
#117
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.58
 
Percent of Population 65+:  19.69%
Population 65+:  25,623
Total Population:  130,120

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 198 79.33 81.58 -2.76 %
Health Care 152 47.68 50.15 -4.93 %
Wellness 56 72.93 68.45 6.54 %
Financial 249 73.64 81.09 -9.19 %
EducationEducation 74 61.60 71.18 3.98 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
181 67.51 71.18 -5.16 %
Employment 129 50.16 51.56 -2.72 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
17 75.07 57.14 31.38 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
26 65.41 51.89 26.06 %
(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 185 43.04 49.09
Crime Rate 78 49.15 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 210 77.73 80.67
Unemployment Rate 158 42.42 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 238 51.31 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 15 54.77 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 80 37.87 33.5
Number of hospital beds 213 18.69 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 19 38.23 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 144 17.97 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 127 23.96 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 86 14.23 13.35
Number of nurses 221 17.16 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 122 2.00 2.35
ER Wait Times 232 15.15 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 36 53.63 46.33
Smoking rate 193 9.81 13.69
Diabetes rate 150 39.72 41.83
Binge drinking 210 14.18 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 5 96.69 74.78
Caregivers 267 22.46 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 49 81.24 76.89
Depression 162 46.62 49.3
Physical activity 56 45.08 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 88 48.70 42.27
Fast-food outlets 274 25.81 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 9 46.36 17.69
Air quality 60 69.62 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 112 57.08 53.83
Total bank deposits 23 1.51 1.37
Tax burden 267 46.70 70.55
Dependency ratio 143 59.46 61.29
Small business growth 197 78.86 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 83 32.62 29.07
Capital gains 26 50.13 31.31
Income growth 174 58.86 60.52
Reverse mortgages 222 12.41 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 232 33.02 46.02
Median rental price 88 76.96 70.18
Households with older adults 22 47.63 39.04
Nursing beds 9 86.51 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 270 39.66 70.35
Home health-care service providers 137 11.55 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 212 7.79 14.8
Cost of assisted living 272 47.64 71.61
Nursing-home rating 27 46.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 277 73.72 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 42 69.38 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 221 14.76 31.34
Employment growth 235 40.82 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 84 8.96 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 57 79.69 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 160 2.25 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 1 100.00 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 23 36.24 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 61 52.98 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 111 46.91 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 18 39.39 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 20 36.96 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 175 49.25 63.01
Number of public libraries 7 71.94 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 234 38.25 12.40
Funding for older adults 63 30.67 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 73 90.57 85.93
College enrollment 88 26.04 26.46