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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Altoona, PA
#83
OVERALL RANKING

Altoona, PA


SCORE: 81.05

#121
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.24
 
#53
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 83.88
 
Percent of Population 65+:  18.51%
Population 65+:  23,506
Total Population:  127,004

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 70 77.88 75.28 3.45 %
Health Care 30 56.09 42.45 32.13 %
Wellness 127 81.28 81.88 -.73 %
Financial 224 71.75 77.72 -7.68 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
67 75.52 69.85 8.12 %
Employment / Education 222 47.65 59.20 -19.51 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
70 68.01 64.90 4.79 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
74 56.71 54.20 4.63 %
(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 61 61.00 52.43
Crime Rate 9 78.43 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 140 79.44 80.02
Unemployment Rate 102 41.44 41.03
Income Distribution 71 88.75 85.72
Weather 186 42.21 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 202 7.30 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 139 12.43 15.54
Number of hospital beds 50 48.33 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 125 55.92 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 12 50.53 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 43 46.11 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 12 76.86 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 12 48.94 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 213 6.92 13.47
Number of psychologists 6 54.43 21.04
Number of nurses 91 25.37 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 34 51.94 35.67
ER Wait Times 19 48.91 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 30 96.00 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 230 41.49 50.43
Diabetes Rate 122 45.10 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 217 73.82 81.94
Number of Caregivers 132 70.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 204 76.65 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 108 41.62 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 175 58.02 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 4 98.98 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 100 22.15 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 122 55.94 55.90
Total bank deposits 79 1.36 1.72
Tax burden 175 62.76 72.59
Dependency Ratio 186 58.16 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 132 70.49 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 180 27.97 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 125 37.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 141 61.79 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 105 18.38 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 66 55.80 47.00
Median Rental Price 16 84.63 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 19 60.15 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 179 18.65 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 228 51.65 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 54 11.92 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 78 17.03 15.92
Cost of assisted living 146 67.23 70.12
Nursing-home rating 14 61.54 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 215 79.00 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 206 46.70 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 144 6.85 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 142 69.00 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 153 4.97 9.69
College Enrollment 204 18.05 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 47 78.65 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 118 7.52 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 173 61.85 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 91 18.17 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 62 61.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 83 88.13 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 18 51.33 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 72 19.72 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 102 62.97 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 122 22.76 25.07
Number of YMCAs 122 9.71 12.40
Funding for Seniors 33 25.24 25.37