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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Wenatchee, WA
#55
OVERALL RANKING

Wenatchee, WA


SCORE: 69.73

#48
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.30
 
#87
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.71
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.85%
Population 65+:  17,895
Total Population:  112,922

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 257 75.56 81.58 -7.38 %
Health Care 117 50.73 50.15 1.16 %
Wellness 20 78.68 68.45 14.95 %
Financial 222 75.71 81.09 -6.63 %
EducationEducation 177 56.28 71.18 -5.00 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
216 64.14 71.18 -9.89 %
Employment 13 76.13 51.56 47.65 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
18 74.89 57.14 31.06 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
16 71.34 51.89 37.48 %
(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 253 32.62 49.09
Crime Rate 50 54.86 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 29 85.73 80.67
Unemployment Rate 172 41.01 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 214 52.80 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 178 22.75 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 95 36.45 33.5
Number of hospital beds 221 16.84 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 272 25.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 101 24.87 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 4 66.32 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 2 95.01 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 128 25.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 134 11.64 13.35
Number of nurses 141 22.62 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 125 1.95 2.35
ER Wait Times 58 32.63 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 58 50.62 46.33
Smoking rate 12 31.89 13.69
Diabetes rate 77 46.21 41.83
Binge drinking 48 26.35 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 9 96.04 74.78
Caregivers 246 27.82 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 92 78.60 76.89
Depression 180 45.49 49.3
Physical activity 36 48.72 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 24 62.54 42.27
Fast-food outlets 53 39.85 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 55 25.00 17.69
Air quality 18 80.88 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 173 50.24 53.83
Total bank deposits 82 1.04 1.37
Tax burden 190 60.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 261 50.88 61.29
Small business growth 77 83.05 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 255 18.76 29.07
Capital gains 51 39.00 31.31
Income growth 67 62.17 60.52
Reverse mortgages 184 19.18 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 250 30.32 46.02
Median rental price 120 73.17 70.18
Households with older adults 60 42.73 39.04
Nursing beds 269 16.78 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 227 52.63 70.35
Home health-care service providers 231 6.02 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 7 41.90 14.8
Cost of assisted living 257 54.59 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 128 82.73 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 113 57.59 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 135 44.22 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 57 12.49 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 31 83.61 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 70 4.80 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 104 39.50 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 88 22.16 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 16 73.24 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 38 58.02 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 83 31.88 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 109 17.44 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 46 66.96 63.01
Number of public libraries 2 94.88 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 156 58.86 12.40
Funding for older adults 211 27.42 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 73 90.57 85.93
College enrollment 253 14.22 26.46