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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
#43
OVERALL RANKING

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA


SCORE: 72.60

#43
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.60
 
#54
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.37
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.57%
Population 65+:  411,113
Total Population:  3,552,591

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 76 84.16 87.83 -4.18 %
Health Care 61 61.38 62.09 -1.14 %
Wellness 13 79.35 72.07 10.10 %
Financial Security 60 87.09 88.25 -1.31 %
Education 82 55.78 61.67 -9.55 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
10 58.81 46.42 26.69 %
Employment 42 64.24 63.96 0.44 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
85 59.91 69.42 -13.70 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
29 77.90 73.23 6.38 %
(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 91 29.53 46.41
Crime rate 94 35.26 52.77
Internet access 11 93.99 83.51
Employment growth 26 89.62 86.82
Unemployment rate 38 64.42 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 77 54.17 65.13
Fatal car crashes 3 93.07 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 22 92.88 62.02
Primary-care physicians 6 76.29 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 32 50.11 45.49
Number of nurses 46 38.48 38.33
Number of hospital beds 76 29.94 37.22
Long-term hospitals 44 22.13 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 68 28.57 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 72 31.64 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 57 5.97 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 48 28.85 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 19 38.18 31.70
Dialysis centers 80 25.21 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 17 62.93 48.95
Physical therapists 18 71.59 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 99 42.38 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 69 80.56 83.71
Medical school affiliation 41 49.49 45.76
Magnet hospitals 65 6.67 14.40
ER wait times 38 42.21 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 31 74.30 70.79
Smoking rate 25 32.53 30.34
Diabetes rate 14 56.59 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 5 98.25 81.26
Caregivers 54 36.96 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 19 87.55 84.59
Depression 22 47.18 43.31
Physical activity 6 89.22 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 9 59.52 46.08
Fast-food outlets 65 57.43 61.73
Falls with injury 21 41.43 38.43
Binge drinking 62 36.78 40.64
Air quality 20 75.69 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 46 49.08 47.44
Total bank deposits 39 5.85 7.24
Tax burden 64 60.38 68.14
Dependency ratio 3 96.95 84.57
Growth of small businesses 50 86.01 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 59 55.72 58.57
Capital gains 35 55.24 49.15
Income growth 14 88.79 84.11
Reverse mortgages 90 1.71 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 90 21.17 44.17
Median rental price 90 53.10 69.47
Households with older adults 86 46.27 55.52
Nursing beds 80 39.92 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 81 52.63 64.62
Home health-care service providers 90 7.20 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 2 87.00 23.14
Cost of assisted living 92 62.27 80.63
Nursing-home rating 32 43.59 36.99
Older adults in family homes 76 80.81 84.60
Cost of adult day services 61 51.47 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 27 62.98 50.90
Commute times 90 65.20 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 13 60.33 38.41
Number of passenger trips 7 29.45 9.79
Public transport fare 62 10.63 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 18 77.67 67.65
Grocery stores 7 47.73 33.58
Special needs transportation 31 34.54 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 76 40.93 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 14 40.31 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 11 67.13 53.28
Number of public libraries 37 48.21 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 51 58.09 60.15
Funding for older adults 71 72.19 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 11 95.59 38.00
College enrollment 61 54.10 58.16
Number of community colleges 98 4.91 20.92
Number of universities 63 33.94 38.93