Texas Senior Guide

The Texas Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Texas live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Texas with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Texas seniors.

  • 10% of the population of Texas are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 25% of those seniors living in Texas are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 9% of Texas senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 27% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 25% of Texas residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Texas is $16,334/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Texas senior is $36,915 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Texas ranks 28th for Long Term Care and 41st for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 467,259 working seniors in Texas Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 22% of the seniors in Texas are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (24%) working aged (65%) seniors (10%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.
The number of people aged 65 and over in Texas is projected to rise 67% over the next 15 years, from 3,112,883 to 5,186,185. U.S. Census Population Projections

Texas 65+ Population by County

Texas 65+ Population by County

The 65+ population in Texas as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 652015202020252030
Population 3,112,883 3,755,814 4,500,152 5,186,185
Percent 11.7% 13.1% 14.6% 15.6%
National Percent 14.5% 16.3% 18.2% 19.7%

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The number of Texas residents 85 and over will increase 59%, from 402,633 to 638,855. U.S. Census Population Projections

Texas 85+ Population by County

Texas 85+ Population by County

The 85+ population in Texas as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 852015202020252030
Population 402,633 452,505 516,216 638,855
Percent 1.5% 1.6% 1.7% 1.9%
National Percent 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6%

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Texas.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 638,725 seniors living alone in Texas. Of these, 70% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

74% of males 65 and older are married compared with 44% of females.
39% of females are widowed compared with 13% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 2% of Texas senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 11% of Texas senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

24% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

Click here for a senior care reality check.

Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Texas

Care TypeTexas Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$646$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$758$1,492
Assisted Living$3,545$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,527$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,550$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$4,258$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$5,718$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Texas with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Texas Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionTexas 2011 RankTexas 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank

Consumers can easily find and afford the services they need and there is a safety net for those who cannot afford services.

#20#10
Choice of Setting & Provider

A person-centered approach to LTSS places high value on allowing consumers to exercise choice and control over where they receive services and who providers them.

#19#16
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank

Services maximize positive outcomes and consumers are treated with respect. Personal preferences are honored when possible.

#42#49
Support for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers' needs are assessed and addressed so that they can continue in their caregiving role without being overburdened.

#19#11
Effective Transitions Rank

LTSS are arranged to integrate effectively with health care and social services, minimizing disruptions such as hospitalizations, institutionalizations, and transitions between settings.

#N/A#47
Overall Rank

Rank considering all available data.

#28#28

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Texas

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Texas 2013 Rank Texas 2015 Rank
Overall #40 #41
All Determinants #39 #44
Behaviors #33 #40
Smoking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who smoke at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who currently smoke every day or some days

#17 #22
Chronic Drinking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who consumed more than 60 drinks in the last 30 days for men and more than 30 drinks in the last 30 days for women

#31 #45
Obesity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older estimated to be obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher

#33 #31
Underweight

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status estimated to be underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or less

#3 #37
Physical Inactivity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days

#24 #42
Dental Visit

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months

#35 #39
Pain Management

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with arthritis who report arthritis or joint pain does not limit their usual activities

#42 #7
Education

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with a college degree

#24 #25
Community #46 #49
Community & Environment - Macro #41 #49
Poverty

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who live in households at or below 100% of the poverty threshold

#43 #45
Volunteerism

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report volunteering in the past 12 months

#29 #37
Nursing Home Quality

Percentage of certified nursing home beds rated 4- or 5-stars

#49 #50
Community & Environment - Micro #46 #46
Food Insecurity

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who are marginally food insecure

#47 #45
Community Support

Total expenditures captured by the Administration on Aging divided by the number of adults aged 65 and older living in poverty

#48 #47
Policy #37 #29
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents

Percentage of nursing home residents who were low-care, according to the broad definition (no physical assistance required for late-loss activities of daily living)

#34 #34
Prescription Drug Coverage

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have a creditable prescription drug plan

#29 #29
Geriatrician Shortfall

Estimated geriatrician shortfall as a percentage of the minimum required number

#32 #30
Clinical Care #21 #24
Dedicated Health Care Provider

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a personal doctor or health care provider

#40 #42
Flu Vaccine

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who received the flu vaccine in the last year

#31 #31
Health Screenings

Percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 who have had mammograms and/or fecal occult/colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy screens within the recommended time period

#41 #33
Recommended Hospital Care

Percentage of hospitalized patients aged 65 and older who received the recommended care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical procedures

#18 #21
Diabetes Management

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes receiving a blood lipids test

#21 #19
Home Health Care

Number of personal care and home health aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 or older

#6 #5
Preventable Hospitalizations

Number of discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#37 #37
Hospital Readmissions

Percentage of patients aged 65 or older who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge

#29 #28
Hospice Care

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last 6 months of life after diagnosis of condition with high probability of death

#5 #8
Hospital Deaths

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who died in a hospital

#23 #17
All Outcomes #40 #37
ICU Use

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older spending 7 or more days in the intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) during the last 6 months of life

#45 #45
Falls

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last 12 months

#34 #34
Hip Fracture

Rate of hospitalization for hip fracture per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#42 #38
Health Status

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent

#34 #38
Able-bodied

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with no disability

#40 #40
Premature Death

Number of deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74 years

#32 #32
Teeth Extractions

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have had all teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease

#13 #11
Poor Mental Health Days

Number of days in the previous 30 that adults aged 65 and older indicate that their mental health was not good

#23 #9
Multiple Chronic Conditions

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries with 4 or more chronic conditions

#42 #38
Cognition

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a cognitive difficulty

#43 #39
Depression

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who were told by a health professional that they have a depressive disorder

#35 #14

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Texas financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Texas is $36,915 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

42% of senior households in Texas earn less than $30,000 per year, while 13% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Texas is $16,334 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Texas is $23,255 Source: Census.gov ACS
17% of seniors in Texas are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

26% of Texas seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

75% of seniors living in Texas speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
7% of the seniors in Texas are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

28% of senior homeowners in Texas have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

State Agency on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Area Agencies on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Health Insurance Counseling

Overview of Contacts

Information and Assistance

  • Area Agency on Aging of the Panhandle

    415 West 8th Ave.
    Amarillo, TX 79101
    Melissa Carter
    (806) 331-2227
    mcarter@theprpc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday-Friday
  • South Plains Association of Governments-Area Agency on Aging

    1323 58th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79452
    Elizabeth Castro
    806-762-8721
    lcastro@spag.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Area Agency on Aging of North Texas

    4309 Jacksboro Highway, Suite 200
    Wichita Falls, TX 76307
    Rhonda K. Pogue
    (940) 322-5281
    rpogue@nortexrpc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time
  • Ark-Tex Area Agency on Aging

    4808 Elizabeth Street
    Texarkana, TX 75503
    Diane McKinnon
    (903) 832-8636
    dmckinnon@atcog.org
    Website
    8:00AM - 12:00PM 1:00PM - 5:00PM Central Time M-F
  • West Central Texas Council of Governments- Area Agency on Aging

    3702 Loop 322
    Abilene, TX 79602
    Michelle Parker
    325-793-8417
    wctcog@wctcog.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F(closed 12:00-1:00)
  • Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging

    8037 Lockheed Drive
    El Paso, TX 79925
    Yvette Lugo
    (915) 533-0998
    yvettel@riocog.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:30 pm - Mountain Time, Monday-Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 PM Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin

    2910 LaForce Boulevard
    Midland, TX 79711
    Jeannie Reeves
    (432) 563-1061
    plindsey@aaapb.com
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley

    2801 West Loop 306
    San Angelo, TX 76904
    Toni Perales Roberts
    (325) 223-5704
    toni@cvcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday - Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Heart of Texas

    1514 South New Road
    Waco, TX 76711
    Gary W. Luft
    254-292-1837
    gary.luft@hot.cog.tx.us
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area

    6800 Burleson Road
    Austin, TX 78744
    Jennifer Scott
    (512) 916-6062
    jscott@capcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday - Friday Closed from noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging

    3991 East 29th Street
    Bryan, TX 77802
    Ronnie Gipson
    (979) 595-2800
    info@bvcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday- Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas

    210 Premier Dr.
    Jasper, TX 75951
    Holly Anderson
    (409) 384-7614
    pirvin@detcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Central Time, Monday-Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Texas

    2210 Eastex Freeway
    Beaumont, TX 77703
    Colleen Halliburton
    (409) 924-3381
    challiburton@setrpc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F 211 Information Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. closed 12-1 for lunch
  • Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging

    120 S Main Street
    Victoria, TX 77901
    Cindy Cornish
    (361) 578-1587
    cindyco@gcrpc.org
    Website
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend

    2910 Leopard Street
    Corpus Christi, TX 78408
    Betty Lamb, AAA Director
    (361) 883-3935
    viola@cbcogaaa.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday to Friday
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Agency on Aging

    301 W. Railroad St.
    Weslaco, TX 78596
    Jose L. Gonzalez
    (956) 682-3481
    aging@lrgvdc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday- Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging of Texoma

    1117 Gallagher Drive
    Sherman, TX 75090
    Dr. Randy McBroom
    (903) 813-3575
    jconner@tcog.com
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Cooke Co 940-668-1858 Fannin Co 903-583-1264 ext 24 Grayson Co 903-813-3505
  • Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas

    2180 N. Main Street
    Belton, TX 76513
    H. Richard McGhee
    (254) 770-2330
    sandra.jones@ctcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Middle Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging

    307 West Nopal
    Carrizo Springs, TX 78834
    Elda Garcia
    (830) 876-3533
    elda.garcia@mrgdc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time
  • North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging

    616 Six Flags Drive
    Arlington, TX 76011
    Doni Green
    (800) 272-3921
    dgreen@nctcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday through Friday
  • Community Council of Greater Dallas, Dallas Area Agency on Aging

    1341 W. Mockingbird Lane
    Dallas, TX 75247
    Marilyn Self
    (214) 871-5065
    mself@ccgd.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday-Friday
  • Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging

    1500 N. Main St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76164
    Don Smith
    817-258-8082
    jamie.harwell@unitedwaytarrant.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday-Friday
  • Harris County Area Agency on Aging

    8000 North Stadium Drive
    Houston, TX 77054
    Deborah A. Moore, MBA
    aging@cityofhouston.net
    Website
    7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday
  • Bexar Area Agency on Aging

    8700 Tesoro Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78217
    Rose Ryan
    (210) 362-5200
    info@BexarAging.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Central Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center

    2180 North Main Street
    Belton, TX 76513
    (254) 770-2342
    Website
    Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM Sat: Closed Sun: Closed
  • Texoma Area Information Center/211 Texas

    1117 Gallagher Dr.
    Sherman, TX 75090
    Judy Fullylove
    (903) 813-3549
    jfullylove@texoma.cog.tx.us
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Coverage is 24/7 through 211 Houston. Hours extended during emergency situation as required
  • Meals on Wheels of Texoma

    4114 Airport Dr.
    Denison, TX 75020
  • Calhoun County Senior Citizens Association

    2104 W. Austin St.
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979
    361-552-3350
    Website
    Monday-Friday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Community Action Committee of Victoria Texas

    4007 Halsey Street
    Victoria, TX 77901
  • Goliad County Senior Citizens Association

    601 West Pearl St
    Goliad, TX
  • Collin County Committee on Aging

    600 North Tennessee Street
    McKinney, TX 75069
    972-562-6996
    Website
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Friday
  • SPAN Transit

    1800 Malone Street
    Denton, TX 76201
    940-382-2224
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Erath County Senior Citizens Services, Inc.

    1306 E. Washington St
    Stephenville, TX 76401
    254-965-3510
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Bailey County Senior Citizens Assoc., Inc.

    319 South Main Street
    Muleshoe, TX 79347
    806-272-4969
    8:00 am -4:00 pm
  • Cochran Co. Senior Citizens Assoc., Inc.

    120 W Wilson Ave.
    Morton, TX 79346
    806-266-5121
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Overview of Contacts

Overview of Contacts

Long-term Care Ombudsman

Overview of Contacts

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Overview of Contacts

Elder Abuse Prevention

  • West Central Texas Council of Governments- Area Agency on Aging

    3702 Loop 322
    Abilene, TX 79602
    Michelle Parker
    325-793-8417
    wctcog@wctcog.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F(closed 12:00-1:00)
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Heart of Texas

    1514 South New Road
    Waco, TX 76711
    Gary W. Luft
    254-292-1837
    gary.luft@hot.cog.tx.us
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas

    210 Premier Dr.
    Jasper, TX 75951
    Holly Anderson
    (409) 384-7614
    pirvin@detcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Central Time, Monday-Friday
  • Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging

    120 S Main Street
    Victoria, TX 77901
    Cindy Cornish
    (361) 578-1587
    cindyco@gcrpc.org
    Website
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Agency on Aging

    301 W. Railroad St.
    Weslaco, TX 78596
    Jose L. Gonzalez
    (956) 682-3481
    aging@lrgvdc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday- Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging of Texoma

    1117 Gallagher Drive
    Sherman, TX 75090
    Dr. Randy McBroom
    (903) 813-3575
    jconner@tcog.com
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Cooke Co 940-668-1858 Fannin Co 903-583-1264 ext 24 Grayson Co 903-813-3505
  • North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging

    616 Six Flags Drive
    Arlington, TX 76011
    Doni Green
    (800) 272-3921
    dgreen@nctcog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM-5:00 PM Central Time Monday - Friday
  • Community Council of Greater Dallas, Dallas Area Agency on Aging

    1341 W. Mockingbird Lane
    Dallas, TX 75247
    Marilyn Self
    (214) 871-5065
    mself@ccgd.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday-Friday
  • Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging

    1500 N. Main St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76164
    Don Smith
    817-258-8082
    jamie.harwell@unitedwaytarrant.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday-Friday
  • Bexar Area Agency on Aging

    8700 Tesoro Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78217
    Rose Ryan
    (210) 362-5200
    info@BexarAging.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Alzheimer's Association

    11251 Northwest Freeway
    Houston, TX 77092
    Ron Jeffers, Director of Finance and Adm.
    (713) 266-6400
    terri.miller@alz.org
    Website
    8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Perry Lee Home Health

    4915 S. Main Street
    Stafford, TX 77477
    Marion Tresvant
    (281) 491-2200
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Adult Protective Services, TDFPS of Beaumont

    285 Liberty
    Beaumont, TX 77701
  • Adult Protective Services

  • Adult Protective Services

  • Central Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center

    2180 North Main Street
    Belton, TX 76513
    (254) 770-2342
    Website
    Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM Sat: Closed Sun: Closed

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.