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Best Cities for Successful Aging | State College, PA
#16
OVERALL RANKING

State College, PA


SCORE: 73.27

#10
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.15
 
#30
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.88
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.89%
Population 65+:  18,443
Total Population:  155,100

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 30 87.82 81.58 7.65 %
Health Care 125 50.25 50.15 0.20 %
Wellness 37 74.67 68.45 9.09 %
Financial 130 81.69 81.09 0.74 %
EducationEducation 7 84.81 71.18 43.16 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
212 64.50 71.18 -9.38 %
Employment 12 76.88 51.56 49.11 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
6 82.32 57.14 44.07 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
65 55.38 51.89 6.73 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Getting around, and safely

- Low crime rate
- High public transit use
- Walkable neighborhoods; many pedestrian commuters

Education and employment

- Strong job growth in leisure and health care
- Low rates of unemployment in 65-plus population
- High enrollment in local colleges: highly
educated older-adult population
- Small-business-friendly community

Needs Work


Health-care gaps

- No geriatric facilities, hospices, or magnet hospitals
- Too few nurses
- Expensive hospital stays

Costly housing

- Expensive nursing homes and assisted living
- Pricey housing and rentals
- Few adults aging at home

Takeaway


An expanding economy and improved community engagement opportunities have strengthened State College’s “Best Cities” ranking. Penn State University’s stabilizing presence helped steady “Happy Valley” during the Depression and continues to bolster the economy today. Its walkable streets are a plus, but the lack of specialty medical services for older adults may deter some residents.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 216 38.73 49.09
Crime Rate 3 94.56 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 215 77.62 80.67
Unemployment Rate 32 63.34 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 224 52.40 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 53 39.64 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 59 41.31 33.5
Number of hospital beds 160 24.57 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 80 31.09 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 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 63 15.77 13.35
Number of nurses 164 21.30 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 66 2.52 2.35
ER Wait Times 63 31.82 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 80 48.86 46.33
Smoking rate 15 25.35 13.69
Diabetes rate 52 50.32 41.83
Binge drinking 155 16.50 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 131 77.91 74.78
Caregivers 100 40.21 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 15 86.36 76.89
Depression 244 41.88 49.3
Physical activity 20 53.05 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 47 56.07 42.27
Fast-food outlets 68 38.55 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 152 13.45 17.69
Air quality 180 55.56 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 147 53.29 53.83
Total bank deposits 82 1.04 1.37
Tax burden 202 59.76 70.55
Dependency ratio 3 95.17 61.29
Small business growth 22 87.25 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 45 35.99 29.07
Capital gains 132 27.18 31.31
Income growth 68 62.15 60.52
Reverse mortgages 195 16.75 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 220 35.22 46.02
Median rental price 227 60.48 70.18
Households with older adults 229 32.23 39.04
Nursing beds 142 47.93 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 249 48.44 70.35
Home health-care service providers 106 13.49 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 39 25.15 14.8
Cost of assisted living 148 71.03 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 154 81.98 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 193 49.88 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 5 55.75 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 50 13.82 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 82 76.50 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 6 32.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 57 43.46 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 8 48.00 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 202 35.46 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 6 83.95 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 234 23.35 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 34 27.78 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 92 57.04 63.01
Number of public libraries 208 14.84 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 49 77.14 12.40
Funding for older adults 31 31.59 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 70 90.78 85.93
College enrollment 6 77.30 26.46