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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
#64
OVERALL RANKING

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA


SCORE: 71.36

#65
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.29
 
#65
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.69
 
Percent of Population 65+:  18.27%
Population 65+:  103,078
Total Population:  564,044

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 87 82.79 87.83 -5.74 %
Health Care 47 63.57 62.09 2.38 %
Wellness 94 64.66 72.07 -10.28 %
Financial Security 83 83.63 88.25 -5.24 %
Education 7 73.26 61.67 18.79 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
12 57.28 46.42 23.40 %
Employment 94 55.26 63.96 -13.60 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
36 72.09 69.42 3.85 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
38 76.11 73.23 3.93 %
(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 15 59.41 46.41
Crime rate 16 70.04 52.77
Internet access 97 67.76 83.51
Employment growth 98 80.72 86.82
Unemployment rate 83 53.12 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 91 51.63 65.13
Fatal car crashes 73 36.94 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 77 87.90 62.02
Primary-care physicians 90 42.61 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 79 33.03 45.49
Number of nurses 68 32.67 38.33
Number of hospital beds 40 39.06 37.22
Long-term hospitals 2 93.57 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 3 80.52 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 10 70.40 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 66 20.33 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 92 15.64 31.70
Dialysis centers 43 40.89 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 42 51.70 48.95
Physical therapists 21 70.51 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 48 60.44 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 90 64.71 83.71
Medical school affiliation 50 44.92 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 91 24.79 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 84 61.28 70.79
Smoking rate 99 16.57 30.34
Diabetes rate 90 38.14 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 41 84.59 81.26
Caregivers 93 27.81 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 98 78.02 84.59
Depression 26 46.17 43.31
Physical activity 89 52.59 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 73 39.03 46.08
Fast-food outlets 22 67.53 61.73
Falls with injury 97 23.71 38.43
Binge drinking 95 29.58 40.64
Air quality 32 71.14 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 68 43.68 47.44
Total bank deposits 65 4.56 7.24
Tax burden 66 59.76 68.14
Dependency ratio 79 80.63 84.57
Growth of small businesses 75 83.09 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 53 57.06 58.57
Capital gains 59 38.50 49.15
Income growth 99 77.79 84.11
Reverse mortgages 15 30.36 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 9 61.28 44.17
Median rental price 5 85.87 69.47
Households with older adults 7 70.18 55.52
Nursing beds 11 88.60 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 84 48.44 64.62
Home health-care service providers 51 13.31 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 40 21.67 23.14
Cost of assisted living 52 81.01 80.63
Nursing-home rating 93 14.09 36.99
Older adults in family homes 96 77.55 84.60
Cost of adult day services 27 58.33 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 16 67.76 50.90
Commute times 10 90.19 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 18 53.73 38.41
Number of passenger trips 84 1.82 9.79
Public transport fare 1 100.00 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 74 61.03 67.65
Grocery stores 61 30.62 33.58
Special needs transportation 50 26.02 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 7 62.89 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 93 18.89 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 36 56.37 53.28
Number of public libraries 48 42.19 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 47 61.62 60.15
Funding for older adults 8 83.17 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 33 91.94 38.00
College enrollment 79 49.87 58.16
Number of community colleges 2 56.31 20.92
Number of universities 34 44.51 38.93