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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Yakima, WA
#229
OVERALL RANKING

Yakima, WA


SCORE: 73.97

#229
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.75
 
#237
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.62
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.13%
Population 65+:  29,900
Total Population:  246,421

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 243 67.27 75.28 -10.64 %
Health Care 202 32.16 42.45 -24.24 %
Wellness 92 83.45 81.88 1.92 %
Financial 203 72.94 77.72 -6.15 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
174 66.21 69.85 -5.21 %
Employment / Education 220 47.83 59.20 -19.21 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
114 64.70 64.90 -.31 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
91 55.09 54.20 1.64 %
(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 227 36.46 52.43
Crime Rate 211 33.71 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 98 80.84 80.02
Unemployment Rate 210 30.27 41.03
Income Distribution 100 87.45 85.72
Weather 123 47.87 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 144 9.60 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 167 11.06 15.54
Number of hospital beds 192 21.60 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 143 75.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 240 38.12 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 179 24.20 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 113 15.87 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 121 11.70 13.47
Number of psychologists 66 26.09 21.04
Number of nurses 124 22.70 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 180 25.46 35.67
ER Wait Times 42 37.50 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 84 93.02 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 119 49.73 50.43
Diabetes Rate 105 46.24 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 21 91.37 81.94
Number of Caregivers 170 66.42 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 89 82.89 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 203 26.81 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 64 70.07 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 27 96.05 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 141 17.40 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 238 35.98 55.90
Total bank deposits 203 .89 1.72
Tax burden 184 61.61 72.59
Dependency Ratio 241 50.82 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 117 70.91 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 224 22.94 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 70 51.35 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 33 67.06 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 57 27.29 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 208 35.16 47.00
Median Rental Price 135 70.49 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 141 48.04 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 153 22.17 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 214 56.18 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 91 8.69 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 33 29.45 15.92
Cost of assisted living 66 75.63 70.12
Nursing-home rating 79 41.81 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 81 87.11 84.74
Cost of adult day services 155 54.17 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 148 54.41 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 245 3.10 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 187 66.78 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 115 6.41 9.69
College Enrollment 249 12.70 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 90 73.30 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 86 10.31 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 224 58.34 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 169 12.22 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 147 51.92 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 21 94.26 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 193 33.65 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 127 14.76 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 46 73.17 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 44 34.62 25.07
Number of YMCAs 172 6.11 12.40
Funding for Seniors 168 23.34 25.37