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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Reading, PA
#214
OVERALL RANKING

Reading, PA


SCORE: 63.68

#211
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.94
 
#208
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.19
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.15%
Population 65+:  62,545
Total Population:  412,948

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 109 82.35 81.58 0.94 %
Health Care 226 41.75 50.15 -16.75 %
Wellness 195 64.73 68.45 -5.43 %
Financial 258 72.70 81.09 -10.35 %
EducationEducation 220 53.67 71.18 -9.40 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
188 66.86 71.18 -6.07 %
Employment 147 48.67 51.56 -5.61 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
41 69.17 57.14 21.05 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
101 52.71 51.89 1.58 %
(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 147 48.23 49.09
Crime Rate 42 56.92 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 136 80.48 80.67
Unemployment Rate 95 50.43 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 188 55.06 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 59 37.44 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 175 28.54 33.5
Number of hospital beds 177 23.60 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 51 15.07 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 199 7.08 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 259 9.44 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 143 20.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 202 8.18 13.35
Number of nurses 144 22.52 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 195 1.42 2.35
ER Wait Times 238 14.80 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 191 42.19 46.33
Smoking rate 144 10.99 13.69
Diabetes rate 171 37.34 41.83
Binge drinking 197 14.57 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 120 79.37 74.78
Caregivers 187 32.24 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 89 78.65 76.89
Depression 194 44.59 49.3
Physical activity 140 37.18 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 92 48.57 42.27
Fast-food outlets 96 36.48 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 167 12.08 17.69
Air quality 266 48.67 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 215 43.98 53.83
Total bank deposits 10 1.81 1.37
Tax burden 202 59.76 70.55
Dependency ratio 159 58.81 61.29
Small business growth 119 81.58 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 124 29.28 29.07
Capital gains 132 27.18 31.31
Income growth 148 59.43 60.52
Reverse mortgages 224 12.27 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 174 40.91 46.02
Median rental price 209 63.77 70.18
Households with older adults 97 40.14 39.04
Nursing beds 137 48.94 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 249 48.44 70.35
Home health-care service providers 146 11.28 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 100 14.32 14.8
Cost of assisted living 148 71.03 71.61
Nursing-home rating 27 46.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 165 81.53 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 77 61.16 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 132 23.92 31.34
Employment growth 181 42.89 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 186 4.06 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 233 63.49 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 72 4.66 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 256 23.38 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 72 23.81 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 124 44.55 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 2 91.36 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 116 29.91 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 129 16.04 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 101 56.86 63.01
Number of public libraries 137 21.83 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 121 65.81 12.40
Funding for older adults 31 31.59 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 225 81.14 85.93
College enrollment 160 19.96 26.46