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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Yakima, WA
#222
OVERALL RANKING

Yakima, WA


SCORE: 63.21

#228
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.24
 
#217
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.87
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.13%
Population 65+:  29,900
Total Population:  246,421

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 277 71.25 81.58 -12.66 %
Health Care 217 42.82 50.15 -14.62 %
Wellness 63 72.37 68.45 5.73 %
Financial 236 74.60 81.09 -8.00 %
EducationEducation 272 46.77 71.18 -21.05 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
205 65.09 71.18 -8.56 %
Employment 222 42.80 51.56 -16.99 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
21 73.92 57.14 29.37 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
82 53.71 51.89 3.51 %
(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 224 38.26 49.09
Crime Rate 198 33.85 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 160 79.85 80.67
Unemployment Rate 268 29.45 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 167 56.39 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 196 21.10 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 94 36.46 33.5
Number of hospital beds 199 20.45 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 164 14.41 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 258 9.61 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 107 18.35 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 97 13.59 13.35
Number of nurses 210 17.96 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 214 1.29 2.35
ER Wait Times 124 23.57 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 62 50.41 46.33
Smoking rate 104 12.38 13.69
Diabetes rate 94 44.26 41.83
Binge drinking 159 16.30 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 2 97.84 74.78
Caregivers 151 35.38 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 100 78.31 76.89
Depression 176 45.76 49.3
Physical activity 147 36.71 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 213 32.50 42.27
Fast-food outlets 27 42.82 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 176 11.55 17.69
Air quality 41 73.33 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 250 37.03 53.83
Total bank deposits 233 0.65 1.37
Tax burden 190 60.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 264 50.40 61.29
Small business growth 118 81.60 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 169 25.48 29.07
Capital gains 51 39.00 31.31
Income growth 32 64.42 60.52
Reverse mortgages 203 15.50 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 203 37.90 46.02
Median rental price 154 69.48 70.18
Households with older adults 174 36.83 39.04
Nursing beds 158 44.87 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 227 52.63 70.35
Home health-care service providers 67 18.65 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 31 27.21 14.8
Cost of assisted living 257 54.59 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 114 83.14 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 214 47.96 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 166 20.67 31.34
Employment growth 175 43.12 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 127 6.22 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 94 74.63 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 96 3.51 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 104 39.50 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 222 9.38 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 10 81.29 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 26 61.73 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 221 24.14 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 152 15.00 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 45 67.05 63.01
Number of public libraries 48 33.24 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 175 54.68 12.40
Funding for older adults 211 27.42 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 260 74.61 85.93
College enrollment 271 12.63 26.46