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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
#40
OVERALL RANKING

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA


SCORE: 72.85

#36
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.84
 
#40
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.90
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.29%
Population 65+:  281,289
Total Population:  2,289,038

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 56 86.80 87.83 -1.17 %
Health Care 65 60.46 62.09 -2.63 %
Wellness 18 77.91 72.07 8.10 %
Financial Security 62 86.91 88.25 -1.52 %
Education 25 65.52 61.67 6.24 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
18 56.56 46.42 21.84 %
Employment 83 57.08 63.96 -10.76 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
69 65.10 69.42 -6.22 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
52 73.44 73.23 0.29 %
(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 89 30.75 46.41
Crime rate 46 50.45 52.77
Internet access 15 92.73 83.51
Employment growth 24 89.64 86.82
Unemployment rate 60 59.43 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 53 62.02 65.13
Fatal car crashes 14 74.51 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 23 92.78 62.02
Primary-care physicians 8 75.17 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 52 44.88 45.49
Number of nurses 53 36.55 38.33
Number of hospital beds 94 24.44 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 61 31.53 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 51 39.20 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 46 8.78 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 49 28.30 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 37 34.41 31.70
Dialysis centers 72 30.17 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 83 34.35 48.95
Physical therapists 53 52.39 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 100 40.78 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 22 66.99 45.76
Magnet hospitals 14 25.26 14.40
ER wait times 67 30.28 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 22 76.71 70.79
Smoking rate 32 29.97 30.34
Diabetes rate 30 52.28 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 15 92.66 81.26
Caregivers 52 37.05 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 29 86.16 84.59
Depression 33 44.99 43.31
Physical activity 2 97.55 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 46 47.49 46.08
Fast-food outlets 31 64.52 61.73
Falls with injury 62 34.51 38.43
Binge drinking 58 37.24 40.64
Air quality 34 70.44 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 37 50.01 47.44
Total bank deposits 72 4.29 7.24
Tax burden 61 65.56 68.14
Dependency ratio 17 91.04 84.57
Growth of small businesses 36 87.66 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 50 58.13 58.57
Capital gains 43 47.81 49.15
Income growth 21 85.96 84.11
Reverse mortgages 70 5.94 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 87 27.90 44.17
Median rental price 77 62.04 69.47
Households with older adults 72 50.66 55.52
Nursing beds 93 34.21 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 80 53.11 64.62
Home health-care service providers 94 6.33 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 1 100.00 23.14
Cost of assisted living 84 71.52 80.63
Nursing-home rating 18 52.36 36.99
Older adults in family homes 67 82.27 84.60
Cost of adult day services 90 41.24 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 23 63.99 50.90
Commute times 66 74.23 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 17 54.47 38.41
Number of passenger trips 12 23.28 9.79
Public transport fare 68 10.50 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 33 72.05 67.65
Grocery stores 43 34.01 33.58
Special needs transportation 13 49.93 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 61 44.28 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 22 37.68 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 13 63.09 53.28
Number of public libraries 62 37.56 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 50 58.97 60.15
Funding for older adults 72 72.14 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 8 96.77 38.00
College enrollment 58 54.66 58.16
Number of community colleges 21 26.85 20.92
Number of universities 42 41.40 38.93