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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Salem, OR
#252
OVERALL RANKING

Salem, OR


SCORE: 62.07

#250
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.38
 
#258
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 61.83
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.99%
Population 65+:  55,627
Total Population:  397,728

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 247 76.39 81.58 -6.36 %
Health Care 231 41.44 50.15 -17.37 %
Wellness 58 72.68 68.45 6.18 %
Financial 245 73.91 81.09 -8.85 %
EducationEducation 90 60.23 71.18 1.67 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
228 62.43 71.18 -12.29 %
Employment 163 47.51 51.56 -7.85 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
194 52.49 57.14 -8.14 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
216 45.97 51.89 -11.41 %
(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 243 34.33 49.09
Crime Rate 176 36.11 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 85 82.27 80.67
Unemployment Rate 191 38.84 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 138 60.72 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 79 34.40 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 132 32.48 33.5
Number of hospital beds 171 24.16 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 153 80.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 47 16.78 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 195 7.88 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 253 10.51 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 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 152 11.10 13.35
Number of nurses 165 21.29 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 180 1.54 2.35
ER Wait Times 181 18.72 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 222 40.81 46.33
Smoking rate 93 13.16 13.69
Diabetes rate 124 41.76 41.83
Binge drinking 76 22.30 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 34 90.28 74.78
Caregivers 168 33.63 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 99 78.34 76.89
Depression 87 51.98 49.3
Physical activity 16 55.57 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 73 50.94 42.27
Fast-food outlets 109 35.82 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 135 14.76 17.69
Air quality 94 63.61 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 222 42.55 53.83
Total bank deposits 223 0.67 1.37
Tax burden 169 66.96 70.55
Dependency ratio 219 55.99 61.29
Small business growth 148 80.58 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 185 24.29 29.07
Capital gains 102 30.96 31.31
Income growth 167 59.07 60.52
Reverse mortgages 219 12.72 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 215 35.83 46.02
Median rental price 144 70.46 70.18
Households with older adults 120 39.28 39.04
Nursing beds 253 24.35 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 219 53.23 70.35
Home health-care service providers 240 5.54 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 3 49.04 14.8
Cost of assisted living 206 65.08 71.61
Nursing-home rating 212 8.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 115 83.10 82.84
Cost of adult day services 257 39.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 177 51.03 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 139 23.48 31.34
Employment growth 12 52.37 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 152 5.10 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 195 67.11 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 56 5.71 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 265 21.88 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 103 20.32 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 207 35.01 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 82 49.38 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 158 28.13 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 175 13.55 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 64 61.48 63.01
Number of public libraries 252 11.06 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 205 47.90 12.40
Funding for older adults 222 27.39 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 76 90.47 85.93
College enrollment 114 23.13 26.46