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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bellingham, WA
#177
OVERALL RANKING

Bellingham, WA


SCORE: 76.94

#171
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.38
 
#187
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 77.58
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.38%
Population 65+:  29,470
Total Population:  204,932

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 220 69.94 75.28 -7.09 %
Health Care 234 28.71 42.45 -32.37 %
Wellness 9 92.64 81.88 13.14 %
Financial 147 76.31 77.72 -1.81 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
212 60.81 69.85 -12.94 %
Employment / Education 198 49.39 59.20 -16.57 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
24 72.72 64.90 12.05 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
61 58.55 54.20 8.03 %
(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 241 31.68 52.43
Crime Rate 130 45.31 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 135 79.58 80.02
Unemployment Rate 129 39.26 41.03
Income Distribution 199 81.59 85.72
Weather 141 46.26 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 9 24.85 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 83 14.95 15.54
Number of hospital beds 248 10.54 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 240 38.12 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 160 16.12 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 236 13.35 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 108 17.31 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 227 5.63 13.47
Number of psychologists 154 15.90 21.04
Number of nurses 170 19.51 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 88 39.68 35.67
ER Wait Times 177 20.83 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 154 90.38 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 49 56.04 50.43
Diabetes Rate 74 50.45 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 21 91.37 81.94
Number of Caregivers 170 66.42 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 24 87.54 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 21 62.33 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 71 68.75 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 12 97.18 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 46 33.24 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 87 61.04 55.90
Total bank deposits 139 1.16 1.72
Tax burden 184 61.61 72.59
Dependency Ratio 38 71.65 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 99 71.49 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 74 41.97 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 70 51.35 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 128 62.30 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 227 5.64 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 235 27.09 47.00
Median Rental Price 206 58.83 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 132 48.60 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 214 13.84 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 214 56.18 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 217 2.80 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 11 39.84 15.92
Cost of assisted living 66 75.63 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 161 83.48 84.74
Cost of adult day services 155 54.17 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 229 40.29 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 249 2.50 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 167 67.83 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 183 4.07 9.69
College Enrollment 55 36.77 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 109 72.25 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 14 37.75 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 224 58.34 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 19 32.22 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 116 54.96 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 190 79.79 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 127 39.88 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 46 22.32 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 46 73.17 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 100 25.96 25.07
Number of YMCAs 163 6.74 12.40
Funding for Seniors 168 23.34 25.37