Metro area highly ranked for successful aging

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The Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area ranked 24th on the list Best Cities for Successful Aging — Large Metros by the Milken Institute.

The nonprofit think tank out of Santa Monica, Calif., released the ranking Tuesday for 359 metro areas, divided into small and large categories. The data-driven index on successful aging is based on 78 factors including cost of living, crime rates, employment for those 65 to 79, living arrangements, health care, wellness, financial, transportation and community engagement, according to the institute.

The Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area ranked 24th overall. When ranked on factors for specific age groups, the metro area ranked 38th for people 65-79, and 29th for people 80 and older.

The metro area's highest score was for wellness, 83.27 percent; the lowest was for transportation, 65.6 percent. The overall average for those two categories, respectively, was 79.9 percent and 64 percent, so the metro area scored higher than the average of both.

About 11.3 percent of the metro area's population of 2.2 million is age 65 and older.

The ranking is available online.