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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lancaster, PA
#180
OVERALL RANKING

Lancaster, PA


SCORE: 76.88

#165
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.60
 
#152
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.04
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.70%
Population 65+:  82,650
Total Population:  526,436

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 19 82.75 75.28 9.92 %
Health Care 208 31.77 42.45 -25.16 %
Wellness 89 83.57 81.88 2.06 %
Financial 204 72.92 77.72 -6.18 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
208 61.22 69.85 -12.36 %
Employment / Education 101 58.89 59.20 -.52 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
173 61.80 64.90 -4.78 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
143 50.41 54.20 -6.99 %
(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 194 42.32 52.43
Crime Rate 21 70.39 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 146 79.19 80.02
Unemployment Rate 79 44.74 41.03
Income Distribution 17 93.21 85.72
Weather 41 56.96 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 57 13.68 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 179 10.47 15.54
Number of hospital beds 217 17.91 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 125 55.92 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 180 12.01 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 247 9.97 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 110 25.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 198 8.10 13.47
Number of psychologists 72 24.86 21.04
Number of nurses 222 15.32 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 96 38.07 35.67
ER Wait Times 83 29.70 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 158 90.22 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 95 51.74 50.43
Diabetes Rate 91 48.32 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 217 73.82 81.94
Number of Caregivers 132 70.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 31 87.01 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 65 48.53 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 42 73.63 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 108 74.63 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 205 11.74 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 197 45.91 55.90
Total bank deposits 58 1.48 1.72
Tax burden 175 62.76 72.59
Dependency Ratio 218 56.24 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 48 73.69 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 90 40.58 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 125 37.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 163 61.21 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 103 18.43 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 206 35.32 47.00
Median Rental Price 198 60.74 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 72 52.70 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 174 19.09 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 228 51.65 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 152 5.36 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 111 14.21 15.92
Cost of assisted living 146 67.23 70.12
Nursing-home rating 115 33.42 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 131 84.48 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 41 71.15 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 141 7.02 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 89 70.88 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 155 4.90 9.69
College Enrollment 206 17.95 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 164 67.11 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 154 5.82 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 173 61.85 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 66 21.91 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 149 51.86 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 161 81.78 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 68 43.54 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 156 13.46 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 102 62.97 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 211 13.38 25.07
Number of YMCAs 156 7.56 12.40
Funding for Seniors 33 25.24 25.37