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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Reading, PA
#217
OVERALL RANKING

Reading, PA


SCORE: 75.11

#218
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.23
 
#224
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 75.66
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.15%
Population 65+:  62,545
Total Population:  412,948

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 201 71.15 75.28 -5.49 %
Health Care 190 33.75 42.45 -20.49 %
Wellness 69 84.67 81.88 3.41 %
Financial 230 70.68 77.72 -9.06 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
182 65.23 69.85 -6.61 %
Employment / Education 143 55.75 59.20 -5.83 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
141 62.85 64.90 -3.16 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
119 52.18 54.20 -3.73 %
(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 164 46.44 52.43
Crime Rate 52 58.04 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 129 79.76 80.02
Unemployment Rate 153 36.91 41.03
Income Distribution 118 86.13 85.72
Weather 183 42.40 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 158 9.01 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 179 10.47 15.54
Number of hospital beds 149 28.34 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 59 16.90 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 194 7.79 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 238 12.93 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 176 8.95 13.47
Number of psychologists 74 24.59 21.04
Number of nurses 166 19.81 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 82 40.75 35.67
ER Wait Times 239 13.16 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 85 92.92 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 91 51.93 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 74 83.72 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 49 52.26 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 39 74.19 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 116 73.94 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 137 18.07 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 192 46.91 55.90
Total bank deposits 39 1.65 1.72
Tax burden 175 62.76 72.59
Dependency Ratio 149 60.03 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 144 70.15 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 142 33.86 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 125 37.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 174 60.85 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 160 12.26 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 191 38.40 47.00
Median Rental Price 183 63.39 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 68 52.89 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 150 22.43 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 228 51.65 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 98 8.18 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 104 14.93 15.92
Cost of assisted living 146 67.23 70.12
Nursing-home rating 24 58.12 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 178 82.21 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 101 60.59 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 182 5.33 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 55 72.76 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 171 4.36 9.69
College Enrollment 136 22.76 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 229 60.64 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 69 11.35 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 173 61.85 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 84 18.97 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 183 49.10 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 54 90.27 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 88 42.00 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 122 15.24 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 102 62.97 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 106 25.08 25.07
Number of YMCAs 206 3.26 12.40
Funding for Seniors 33 25.24 25.37