Muscle Shoals, AL Senior Guide

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

  • 16% of the population of Muscle Shoals, AL are seniors Source:
  • 28% of those seniors living in Muscle Shoals, AL are living alone Source:
  • 10% of Muscle Shoals senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 27% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 16% of Muscle Shoals, AL residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Muscle Shoals is $18,179/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Muscle Shoals senior is $28,676 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Alabama ranks 50th for Long Term Care and 42nd for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 147 working seniors in Muscle Shoals Source: ACS
  • 21% of the seniors in Muscle Shoals are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (21%) working aged (63%) seniors (16%)

(as of 2010)

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

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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 Muscle Shoals, AL.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 597 seniors living alone in Muscle Shoals. Of these, 76% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

72% of males 65 and older are married compared with 50% of females.
41% of females are widowed compared with 19% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 0% of Muscle Shoals senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 7% of Muscle Shoals senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

26% 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 Alabama

Care TypeAlabama Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,075$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 Alabama with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Alabama 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 DimensionAlabama 2011 RankAlabama 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#46#47
Choice of Setting & Provider#50#51
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#35#44
Support for Family Caregivers#50#47
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#46
Overall Rank#50#50

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 Alabama

Click here for an expanded view of Alabama'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 Alabama 2013 Rank Alabama 2015 Rank
Overall #44 #42
All Determinants #41 #36
Behaviors #44 #23
Smoking #38 #26
Chronic Drinking #4 #3
Obesity #39 #35
Underweight #25 #30
Physical Inactivity #44 #36
Dental Visit #43 #44
Pain Management #33 #5
Education #42 #40
Community #36 #35
Community & Environment - Macro #34 #33
Poverty #40 #43
Volunteerism #39 #34
Nursing Home Quality #4 #18
Community & Environment - Micro #42 #41
Food Insecurity #45 #43
Community Support #40 #35
Policy #35 #32
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #35 #35
Prescription Drug Coverage #5 #5
Geriatrician Shortfall #45 #45
Clinical Care #23 #37
Dedicated Health Care Provider #18 #16
Flu Vaccine #20 #24
Health Screenings #31 #24
Recommended Hospital Care #1 #43
Diabetes Management #29 #23
Home Health Care #44 #46
Preventable Hospitalizations #44 #43
Hospital Readmissions #18 #23
Hospice Care #13 #16
Hospital Deaths #44 #45
All Outcomes #47 #49
ICU Use #33 #33
Falls #18 #29
Hip Fracture #47 #48
Health Status #47 #48
Able-bodied #48 #45
Premature Death #47 #47
Teeth Extractions #45 #43
Poor Mental Health Days #46 #48
Multiple Chronic Conditions #38 #39
Cognition #46 #46
Depression #41 #49

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 Muscle Shoals, AL 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 Muscle Shoals is $28,676 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

53% of senior households in Muscle Shoals earn less than $30,000 per year, while 4% 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 Muscle Shoals is $18,179 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Muscle Shoals is $16,147 Source: ACS
7% of seniors in Muscle Shoals, AL are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

18% of Muscle Shoals seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



98% of seniors living in Muscle Shoals speak English at home. Source: ACS
11% of the seniors in Muscle Shoals are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

27% of senior homeowners in Muscle Shoals have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Alabama Department of Senior Services

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    201 Monroe Street RSA Tower Suite 350
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    Todd Cotton
    (334) 242-5743
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, CST Monday to Friday
  • Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments Department of Aging Services

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    103 Student Drive
    Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
    Keith Jones
    (256) 389-0500
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, CST Monday to Friday
  • Davis and Neal

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    207 North 4th Street
    Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 745-2779
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm, CST Monday to Friday
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources, Adult Protective Services Division

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    50 Ripley Street
    Montgomery, AL 36130
  • Alabama State Health Insurance Counseling Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    770 Washington Avenue RSA Plaza Suite 470
    Montgomery, AL 36130

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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.