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Best Cities for Successful Aging | San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
#16
OVERALL RANKING

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA


SCORE: 74.63

#18
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.54
 
#16
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.92
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.61%
Population 65+:  219,749
Total Population:  1,892,894

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 5 97.72 87.83 11.26 %
Health Care 49 63.18 62.09 1.76 %
Wellness 3 88.34 72.07 22.58 %
Financial Security 34 90.13 88.25 2.13 %
Education 50 61.40 61.67 -.44 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
40 46.17 46.42 -.54 %
Employment 70 59.45 63.96 -7.05 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
90 58.89 69.42 -15.17 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
88 60.91 73.23 -16.82 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Tech economy

- Email them: over 80 percent of older adults have Internet access
- Expanding economy: strong income and employment growth
- Savvy savers: lots of money in the bank

Health and health care

- Short ER waits; Joint Commission accreditation for all major hospitals
- Wide access to primary-care physicians
- High-quality nursing homes
- Happy and healthy: long, active lives; low rates of obesity, smoking, depression

Needs Work


Congestion and competition

- Costly living, despite low income inequality for a pricey metro
- Expensive hospitals; many reverse mortgages
- Long, slow commutes

Gaps in support

- Few geriatric centers, rehabilitation facilities
- Not enough special-needs transportation
- Many older adults in poverty

Takeaway


Thanks to its tech heartbeat—Silicon Valley—this Bay Area region boasts even higher income growth than its neighbor, San Francisco, but fewer transit, arts, and entertainment options. The most expensive housing costs of any large metro give pause, but economic strength and an educated, healthy populace recommend this sunny metro.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 99 16.73 46.41
Crime rate 24 63.80 52.77
Internet access 2 99.83 83.51
Employment growth 4 94.77 86.82
Unemployment rate 20 73.60 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 5 88.11 65.13
Fatal car crashes 19 70.63 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 5 97.76 62.02
Primary-care physicians 3 84.09 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 81 32.70 45.49
Number of nurses 71 32.25 38.33
Number of hospital beds 86 27.65 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 70 26.66 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 90 24.86 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 7 33.41 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 37 35.90 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 59 29.99 31.70
Dialysis centers 81 24.43 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 30 56.58 48.95
Physical therapists 52 52.88 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 89 42.96 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 36 53.03 45.76
Magnet hospitals 26 20.00 14.40
ER wait times 4 76.19 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 3 97.84 70.79
Smoking rate 4 74.78 30.34
Diabetes rate 19 55.16 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 16 92.58 81.26
Caregivers 68 33.15 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 3 97.23 84.59
Depression 2 61.64 43.31
Physical activity 4 90.78 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 18 55.70 46.08
Fast-food outlets 56 58.39 61.73
Falls with injury 6 52.85 38.43
Binge drinking 51 39.29 40.64
Air quality 25 74.14 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 70 43.39 47.44
Total bank deposits 8 13.94 7.24
Tax burden 77 52.36 68.14
Dependency ratio 10 92.70 84.57
Growth of small businesses 15 90.42 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 75 52.33 58.57
Capital gains 23 64.45 49.15
Income growth 1 100.00 84.11
Reverse mortgages 97 0.75 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 100 9.48 44.17
Median rental price 100 35.19 69.47
Households with older adults 61 52.41 55.52
Nursing beds 81 39.79 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 65 57.14 64.62
Home health-care service providers 39 14.47 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 11 37.26 23.14
Cost of assisted living 57 76.80 80.63
Nursing-home rating 3 84.81 36.99
Older adults in family homes 7 92.02 84.60
Cost of adult day services 66 45.45 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 32 58.57 50.90
Commute times 77 71.48 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 58 28.96 38.41
Number of passenger trips 23 11.95 9.79
Public transport fare 74 9.09 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 44 69.92 67.65
Grocery stores 27 38.95 33.58
Special needs transportation 83 15.36 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 78 40.69 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 63 25.93 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 63 48.01 53.28
Number of public libraries 78 30.56 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 89 35.45 60.15
Funding for older adults 54 73.53 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 77 87.20 38.00
College enrollment 21 66.45 58.16
Number of community colleges 79 11.53 20.92
Number of universities 38 43.37 38.93