Nationwide Senior Guide

The the U.S. Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in the U.S. live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for the U.S. with the rest of the country.

Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about the U.S. seniors.

  • 13% of the population of the U.S. are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 27% of those seniors living in the U.S. are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 7% of the U.S. senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 26% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of the U.S. residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in the U.S. is $17,189/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a the U.S. senior is $37,000 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • There are 6,445,630 working seniors in the U.S. Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 22% of the seniors in the U.S. are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (21%) working aged (66%) seniors (13%)

(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.

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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 the U.S..

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 10,995,689 seniors living alone in the U.S.. Of these, 71% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

72% of males 65 and older are married compared with 43% 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, 1% of the U.S. senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 14% of the U.S. senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

29% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Find Local Long Term Care Services



- View over 40,000 assisted living homes

- View over 35,000 home care companies

- View over 4,000 adult day care centers

- View over 15,000 nursing homes

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.

Least Expensive States for Long Term Care Services

(darker states are cheaper)

Home Care

Assisted Living

Semi-Private Nursing Home

Adult Day Care

Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Seniors with the Best/Worst Health Behaviors

best worst

The Best/Worst Clinical Care for Seniors

best worst



State by State Healthcare 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 by several organizations. Click any state to view details behind the ranking.

State2015 America's Health Rankings®2014 Long Term Care Scorecard
Alabama#42#50
Alaska#31#17
Arizona#22#15
Arkansas#47#37
California#29#15
Colorado#8#7
Connecticut#10#11
Delaware#18#32
District of Columbia#0#10
Florida#27#44
Georgia#39#42
Hawaii#4#4
Idaho#20#19
Illinois#37#23
Indiana#40#47
Iowa#15#6
Kansas#24#9
Kentucky#48#46
Louisiana#50#43
Maine#11#8
Maryland#13#24
Massachusetts#6#30
Michigan#17#31
Minnesota#3#1
Mississippi#49#51
Missouri#38#13
Montana#34#33
Nebraska#16#14
Nevada#43#40
New Hampshire#2#27
New Jersey#26#22
New Mexico#33#26
New York#21#41
North Carolina#32#24
North Dakota#19#18
Ohio#30#35
Oklahoma#46#48
Oregon#9#3
Pennsylvania#25#39
Rhode Island#14#34
South Carolina#36#38
South Dakota#23#29
Tennessee#44#45
Texas#41#28
Utah#5#36
Vermont#1#20
Virginia#28#12
Washington#11#2
West Virginia#45#49
Wisconsin#7#5
Wyoming#35#20

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® 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 the U.S. 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 the U.S. is $37,000 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

41% of senior households in the U.S. 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 the U.S. is $17,189 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in the U.S. is $23,589 Source: Census.gov ACS
15% of seniors in the U.S. are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

27% of the U.S. seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

86% of seniors living in the U.S. speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
8% of the seniors in the U.S. 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

34% of senior homeowners in the U.S. have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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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.