Anchorage, AK Senior Guide

The Anchorage, AK Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Anchorage live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Anchorage 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 Anchorage, AK seniors.

  • 7% of the population of Anchorage, AK are seniors Source:
  • 25% of those seniors living in Anchorage, AK are living alone Source:
  • 3% of Anchorage senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 15% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 24% of Anchorage, AK residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Anchorage is $15,777/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Anchorage senior is $56,607 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Alaska ranks 17th for Long Term Care and 31st for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 5,609 working seniors in Anchorage Source: ACS
  • 30% of the seniors in Anchorage are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (23%) working aged (70%) seniors (7%)

(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 Anchorage, AK.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 5,262 seniors living alone in Anchorage. Of these, 65% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

69% of males 65 and older are married compared with 40% of females.
35% of females are widowed compared with 12% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Anchorage senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 12% of Anchorage senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

20% 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.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Alaska

Care TypeAlaska Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$5,703$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
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 Alaska with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Alaska Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

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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 DimensionAlaska 2011 RankAlaska 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#43#38
Choice of Setting & Provider#1#3
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#1#2
Support for Family Caregivers#41#4
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#8
Overall Rank#17#17

Data from - 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 Alaska

Click here for an expanded view of Alaska's America's Health Rankings® for seniors.

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

Determinant Alaska 2013 Rank Alaska 2015 Rank
Overall #39 #31
All Determinants #44 #33
Behaviors #50 #47
Smoking #49 #47
Chronic Drinking #50 #49
Obesity #49 #47
Underweight #13 #6
Physical Inactivity #9 #18
Dental Visit #33 #35
Pain Management #50 #21
Education #11 #10
Community #18 #3
Community & Environment - Macro #20 #18
Poverty #1 #1
Volunteerism #11 #14
Nursing Home Quality #30 #39
Community & Environment - Micro #15 #2
Food Insecurity #38 #5
Community Support #1 #1
Policy #43 #28
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #27 #27
Prescription Drug Coverage #48 #48
Geriatrician Shortfall #21 #16
Clinical Care #44 #45
Dedicated Health Care Provider #49 #50
Flu Vaccine #50 #49
Health Screenings #44 #25
Recommended Hospital Care #18 #30
Diabetes Management #49 #49
Home Health Care #1 #1
Preventable Hospitalizations #11 #10
Hospital Readmissions #2 #17
Hospice Care #50 #50
Hospital Deaths #34 #47
All Outcomes #32 #30
ICU Use #12 #12
Falls #50 #50
Hip Fracture #27 #12
Health Status #18 #10
Able-bodied #43 #42
Premature Death #33 #28
Teeth Extractions #21 #21
Poor Mental Health Days #23 #33
Multiple Chronic Conditions #1 #2
Cognition #40 #40
Depression #50 #4

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 Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage is $56,607 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

26% of senior households in Anchorage earn less than $30,000 per year, while 26% 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 Anchorage is $15,777 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Anchorage is $30,524 Source: ACS
25% of seniors in Anchorage, AK are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

34% of Anchorage seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



82% of seniors living in Anchorage speak English at home. Source: ACS
4% of the seniors in Anchorage are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

43% of senior homeowners in Anchorage have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Alaska Commission on Aging

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, State Agency on Aging
    240 Main Street, Suite 100
    Juneau, AK 99811
    Denise Daniello - Exec. Dir. ACOA
    (907) 465-3250
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Alaska Time Monday to Friday
  • Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Alaska State Health Insurance Assistance Programs

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    400 Gamble Street, Suite 303
    Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Alaskan Legal Services Corporation

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
    Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Alaska Long Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    3745 Community Park Loop
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Bob Dreyer
  • Municipality of Anchorage, Health and Human Services: Aging and Disability Resource Center

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    825 L Street
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    Linda Meyer
    (907) 343-7770
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Closed daily from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm for lunch.
  • Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    320 West Willoughby Avenue
    Juneau, AK 99801
    Justin Jones
    (907) 463-7131
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Alaska Time Monday to Thursday. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Alaska Time Friday
  • Chugachmiut

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    1840 Bragaw Street
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Michael Horton
    (907) 562-4155
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Alaska Time Monday to Friday
  • Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    4831 Old Seward Highway
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    Jackie Oliver
    (907) 729-4480
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm Alaska Time Monday to Friday
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center Statewide

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    PO Box 110680
    Juneau, AK 99981
    Martin Morris
    (877) 625-2372

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