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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Pittsfield, MA
#90
OVERALL RANKING

Pittsfield, MA


SCORE: 80.73

#94
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 81.54
 
#109
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.94
 
Percent of Population 65+:  19.69%
Population 65+:  25,623
Total Population:  130,120

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 188 71.77 75.28 -4.66 %
Health Care 109 42.02 42.45 -1.01 %
Wellness 36 87.64 81.88 7.03 %
Financial 178 74.16 77.72 -4.58 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
191 64.03 69.85 -8.33 %
Employment / Education 105 58.52 59.20 -1.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
19 73.75 64.90 13.64 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
14 74.07 54.20 36.66 %
(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 190 42.86 52.43
Crime Rate 63 56.28 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 114 80.14 80.02
Unemployment Rate 83 44.17 41.03
Income Distribution 188 82.50 85.72
Weather 185 42.24 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 116 10.92 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 22 22.30 15.54
Number of hospital beds 177 25.03 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 222 45.40 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 16 48.16 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 127 21.90 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 107 36.56 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 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 53 16.45 13.47
Number of psychologists 68 25.83 21.04
Number of nurses 177 18.71 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 33 52.33 35.67
ER Wait Times 193 19.48 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 140 90.91 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 27 60.77 50.43
Diabetes Rate 41 54.91 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 185 77.88 81.94
Number of Caregivers 168 66.45 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 20 87.75 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 95 44.01 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 207 54.78 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 169 68.08 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 10 47.50 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 95 60.20 55.90
Total bank deposits 20 1.87 1.72
Tax burden 240 48.42 72.59
Dependency Ratio 143 60.42 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 175 69.22 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 55 45.15 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 28 67.76 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 186 60.31 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 214 6.85 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 225 30.55 47.00
Median Rental Price 130 70.87 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 16 60.89 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 3 60.95 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 242 41.96 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 78 9.53 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 172 9.37 15.92
Cost of assisted living 237 50.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 92 37.61 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 243 74.76 84.74
Cost of adult day services 97 63.93 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 68 65.36 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 198 4.86 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 165 68.01 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 45 12.72 9.69
College Enrollment 126 23.64 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 109 72.25 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 149 5.99 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 61 65.89 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 22 31.49 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 10 78.25 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 156 82.46 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 11 54.61 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 17 38.45 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 142 57.75 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 2 83.71 25.07
Number of YMCAs 48 18.46 12.40
Funding for Seniors 56 24.79 25.37