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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Salem, OR
#207
OVERALL RANKING

Salem, OR


SCORE: 75.63

#203
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.89
 
#212
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.43
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.99%
Population 65+:  55,627
Total Population:  397,728

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 229 69.29 75.28 -7.96 %
Health Care 221 30.75 42.45 -27.56 %
Wellness 42 86.94 81.88 6.18 %
Financial 166 75.09 77.72 -3.38 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
184 65.04 69.85 -6.89 %
Employment / Education 192 50.12 59.20 -15.34 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
59 68.84 64.90 6.07 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
114 52.44 54.20 -3.25 %
(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 213 39.42 52.43
Crime Rate 142 43.48 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 208 76.44 80.02
Unemployment Rate 201 31.75 41.03
Income Distribution 78 88.30 85.72
Weather 123 47.87 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 54 14.47 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 173 10.70 15.54
Number of hospital beds 154 28.01 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 129 80.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 248 36.94 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 55 18.19 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 252 .00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 234 13.95 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 127 20.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 35 20.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 139 10.93 13.47
Number of psychologists 82 23.27 21.04
Number of nurses 196 17.39 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 177 25.62 35.67
ER Wait Times 124 26.16 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 87 92.88 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 142 48.07 50.43
Diabetes Rate 76 50.00 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 3 96.16 81.94
Number of Caregivers 214 59.95 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 70 83.93 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 53 52.05 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 86 66.97 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 14 97.08 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 122 18.94 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 213 43.05 55.90
Total bank deposits 217 .84 1.72
Tax burden 155 70.40 72.59
Dependency Ratio 207 57.10 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 149 70.02 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 43 47.00 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 90 43.11 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 152 61.52 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 124 15.41 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 193 37.99 47.00
Median Rental Price 161 66.97 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 102 50.09 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 206 14.72 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 188 60.00 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 241 1.59 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 2 61.89 15.92
Cost of assisted living 90 73.76 70.12
Nursing-home rating 94 35.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 108 85.40 84.74
Cost of adult day services 234 40.63 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 205 47.20 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 212 4.29 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 58 72.59 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 173 4.32 9.69
College Enrollment 111 24.59 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 183 65.94 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 40 17.23 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 219 58.65 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 38 26.84 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 111 55.05 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 46 91.43 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 139 38.79 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 176 12.48 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 54 72.84 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 226 11.49 25.07
Number of YMCAs 72 14.09 12.40
Funding for Seniors 216 23.27 25.37