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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Visalia-Porterville, CA
#260
OVERALL RANKING

Visalia-Porterville, CA


SCORE: 61.45

#263
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 61.50
 
#238
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 62.78
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.89%
Population 65+:  44,595
Total Population:  451,043

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 251 75.95 81.58 -6.90 %
Health Care 220 42.40 50.15 -15.45 %
Wellness 96 69.66 68.45 1.77 %
Financial 271 70.49 81.09 -13.07 %
EducationEducation 276 45.69 71.18 -22.87 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
219 63.73 71.18 -10.47 %
Employment 220 43.13 51.56 -16.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
30 71.21 57.14 24.62 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
260 40.52 51.89 -21.91 %
(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 226 37.84 49.09
Crime Rate 134 41.14 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 57 83.47 80.67
Unemployment Rate 279 20.15 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 72 69.96 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 179 22.72 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 195 26.63 33.5
Number of hospital beds 73 36.27 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 40 20.11 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 136 18.90 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 178 18.90 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 128 12.03 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 244 5.93 13.35
Number of nurses 241 14.97 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 266 0.84 2.35
ER Wait Times 240 14.69 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 99 47.13 46.33
Smoking rate 24 21.85 13.69
Diabetes rate 17 58.16 41.83
Binge drinking 175 15.48 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 29 90.63 74.78
Caregivers 126 38.11 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 85 78.84 76.89
Depression 43 57.21 49.3
Physical activity 100 40.28 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 277 10.76 42.27
Fast-food outlets 10 47.50 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 273 5.21 17.69
Air quality 279 40.15 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 274 27.15 53.83
Total bank deposits 256 0.55 1.37
Tax burden 251 52.36 70.55
Dependency ratio 258 51.80 61.29
Small business growth 179 79.48 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 274 15.21 29.07
Capital gains 28 45.50 31.31
Income growth 12 68.24 60.52
Reverse mortgages 233 9.45 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 189 39.69 46.02
Median rental price 188 66.47 70.18
Households with older adults 217 33.67 39.04
Nursing beds 133 49.38 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 179 57.14 70.35
Home health-care service providers 274 1.65 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 62 20.32 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 200 11.76 22.29
Older adults in family homes 16 91.18 82.84
Cost of adult day services 183 45.45 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 138 54.97 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 249 12.17 31.34
Employment growth 136 44.19 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 135 5.88 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 182 68.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 65 5.02 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 274 19.35 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 154 14.68 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 2 97.95 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 117 46.43 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 266 19.63 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 206 11.84 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 181 48.55 63.01
Number of public libraries 140 21.77 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 245 34.99 12.40
Funding for older adults 174 27.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 276 67.98 85.93
College enrollment 192 18.32 26.46