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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Portland-South Portland, ME
#133
OVERALL RANKING

Portland-South Portland, ME


SCORE: 66.52

#123
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.83
 
#169
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.59
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.98%
Population 65+:  82,789
Total Population:  517,974

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 84 83.61 81.58 2.49 %
Health Care 129 49.74 50.15 -.82 %
Wellness 68 72.01 68.45 5.20 %
Financial 216 76.24 81.09 -5.98 %
EducationEducation 110 59.22 71.18 -.03 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
261 55.82 71.18 -21.58 %
Employment 53 60.12 51.56 16.60 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
76 61.57 57.14 7.75 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
33 61.21 51.89 17.96 %
(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 242 34.45 49.09
Crime Rate 44 56.25 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 161 79.80 80.67
Unemployment Rate 27 65.28 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 220 52.53 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 7 60.04 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 29 48.72 33.5
Number of hospital beds 192 21.40 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 190 70.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 119 21.55 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 96 28.74 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 35 10.78 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 119 13.72 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 172 10.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 80 14.52 13.35
Number of nurses 181 20.13 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 41 2.88 2.35
ER Wait Times 148 21.96 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 47 52.27 46.33
Smoking rate 94 13.11 13.69
Diabetes rate 84 45.29 41.83
Binge drinking 217 13.80 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 254 57.11 74.78
Caregivers 56 47.45 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 95 78.49 76.89
Depression 270 38.86 49.3
Physical activity 23 51.38 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 19 64.06 42.27
Fast-food outlets 233 29.45 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 17 36.88 17.69
Air quality 86 64.26 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 63 64.12 53.83
Total bank deposits 45 1.23 1.37
Tax burden 160 68.61 70.55
Dependency ratio 73 64.15 61.29
Small business growth 107 81.84 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 103 30.87 29.07
Capital gains 146 26.46 31.31
Income growth 195 58.33 60.52
Reverse mortgages 239 7.95 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 259 26.62 46.02
Median rental price 230 60.15 70.18
Households with older adults 112 39.57 39.04
Nursing beds 213 36.95 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 237 50.91 70.35
Home health-care service providers 148 11.21 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 93 15.07 14.8
Cost of assisted living 267 52.60 71.61
Nursing-home rating 100 25.81 22.29
Older adults in family homes 215 79.78 82.84
Cost of adult day services 273 32.41 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 32 72.86 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 71 34.90 31.34
Employment growth 119 44.75 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 72 10.38 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 248 61.69 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 100 3.46 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 281 12.58 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 68 24.31 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 64 52.65 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 17 67.00 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 73 32.49 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 32 28.27 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 49 63.57 63.01
Number of public libraries 12 51.23 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 217 45.04 12.40
Funding for older adults 142 28.57 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 65 90.98 85.93
College enrollment 158 20.24 26.46