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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
#220
OVERALL RANKING

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA


SCORE: 63.39

#217
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.62
 
#233
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.17
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.42%
Population 65+:  76,814
Total Population:  532,528

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 278 70.79 81.58 -13.23 %
Health Care 156 47.55 50.15 -5.18 %
Wellness 66 72.11 68.45 5.35 %
Financial 244 74.08 81.09 -8.64 %
EducationEducation 75 61.57 71.18 3.93 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
224 63.42 71.18 -10.90 %
Employment 106 52.21 51.56 1.26 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
87 59.51 57.14 4.15 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
142 50.53 51.89 -2.62 %
(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 230 36.87 49.09
Crime Rate 277 20.87 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 129 80.80 80.67
Unemployment Rate 227 35.23 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 202 53.73 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 58 37.51 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 76 38.36 33.5
Number of hospital beds 108 30.56 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 129 90.91 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 56 12.19 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 182 11.46 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 212 15.28 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 89 36.36 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 91 13.95 13.35
Number of nurses 108 25.34 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 45 2.79 2.35
ER Wait Times 177 19.00 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 127 45.76 46.33
Smoking rate 103 12.42 13.69
Diabetes rate 116 42.64 41.83
Binge drinking 141 17.13 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 12 95.32 74.78
Caregivers 217 30.12 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 121 77.37 76.89
Depression 72 53.05 49.3
Physical activity 40 48.27 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 87 48.78 42.27
Fast-food outlets 131 34.44 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 219 9.26 17.69
Air quality 59 70.04 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 122 56.07 53.83
Total bank deposits 173 0.81 1.37
Tax burden 190 60.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 119 60.91 61.29
Small business growth 116 81.66 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 182 24.46 29.07
Capital gains 51 39.00 31.31
Income growth 146 59.44 60.52
Reverse mortgages 249 6.58 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 222 35.03 46.02
Median rental price 165 68.36 70.18
Households with older adults 164 37.27 39.04
Nursing beds 227 33.26 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 227 52.63 70.35
Home health-care service providers 116 12.64 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 13 37.24 14.8
Cost of assisted living 257 54.59 71.61
Nursing-home rating 137 21.74 22.29
Older adults in family homes 173 81.30 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 146 54.32 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 60 39.23 31.34
Employment growth 259 39.35 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 69 10.84 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 169 68.92 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 21 12.68 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 245 26.04 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 114 18.27 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 120 44.97 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 65 52.61 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 134 29.12 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 184 12.88 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 43 67.51 63.01
Number of public libraries 139 21.78 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 195 49.61 12.40
Funding for older adults 211 27.42 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 58 91.71 85.93
College enrollment 97 24.57 26.46