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Best Cities for Successful Aging | State College, PA
#34
OVERALL RANKING

State College, PA


SCORE: 85.35

#23
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.04
 
#25
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 86.30
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.89%
Population 65+:  18,443
Total Population:  155,100

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 39 80.31 75.28 6.68 %
Health Care 143 38.01 42.45 -10.46 %
Wellness 51 85.73 81.88 4.70 %
Financial 75 80.62 77.72 3.73 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
218 59.98 69.85 -14.13 %
Employment / Education 15 81.49 59.20 37.65 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
3 89.29 64.90 37.58 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
93 54.77 54.20 1.05 %
(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 196 42.23 52.43
Crime Rate 2 98.89 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 52 83.08 80.02
Unemployment Rate 42 50.60 41.03
Income Distribution 236 78.80 85.72
Weather 186 42.21 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 66 13.02 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 105 14.21 15.54
Number of hospital beds 175 25.24 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 252 .00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 99 38.87 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 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 66 15.26 13.47
Number of psychologists 4 56.38 21.04
Number of nurses 179 18.60 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 71 43.00 35.67
ER Wait Times 51 35.71 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 178 89.39 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 57 54.37 50.43
Diabetes Rate 61 51.89 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 217 73.82 81.94
Number of Caregivers 132 70.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 48 85.33 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 160 34.08 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 34 74.83 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 3 99.62 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 142 17.23 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 154 52.46 55.90
Total bank deposits 99 1.29 1.72
Tax burden 175 62.76 72.59
Dependency Ratio 2 98.16 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 131 70.64 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 7 68.56 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 125 37.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 53 65.60 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 223 6.26 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 209 34.55 47.00
Median Rental Price 201 60.11 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 205 41.34 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 211 14.26 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 228 51.65 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 206 3.25 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 55 21.70 15.92
Cost of assisted living 146 67.23 70.12
Nursing-home rating 154 27.35 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 66 88.14 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 112 59.35 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 84 11.21 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 34 74.06 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 68 10.07 9.69
College Enrollment 3 90.55 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 99 72.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 3 73.91 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 173 61.85 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 2 64.14 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 215 44.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 45 91.46 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 202 32.98 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 39 24.85 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 102 62.97 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 167 17.57 25.07
Number of YMCAs 41 19.63 12.40
Funding for Seniors 33 25.24 25.37