Petaluma, CA Senior Guide

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

  • 13% of the population of Petaluma, CA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 31% of those seniors living in Petaluma, CA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 3% of Petaluma senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 18% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of Petaluma, CA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Petaluma is $17,683/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Petaluma senior is $47,177 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, California ranks 15th for Long Term Care and 29th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 1,418 working seniors in Petaluma Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 24% of the seniors in Petaluma are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (67%) 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 Petaluma, CA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 2,366 seniors living alone in Petaluma. Of these, 75% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

69% of males 65 and older are married compared with 37% of females.
37% of females are widowed compared with 11% 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 Petaluma senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

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

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

55% 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 California

Care TypeCalifornia Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$797$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,668$1,492
Assisted Living$3,750$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,290$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,385$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$7,450$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$8,669$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 California with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

California Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of California's Long Term Care 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 DimensionCalifornia 2011 RankCalifornia 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#7#14
Choice of Setting & Provider#9#2
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#39#24
Support for Family Caregivers#30#24
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#22
Overall Rank#15#15

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 California

Click here for an expanded view of California'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 California 2013 Rank California 2015 Rank
Overall #24 #29
All Determinants #25 #34
Behaviors #3 #6
Smoking #4 #8
Chronic Drinking #46 #46
Obesity #6 #4
Underweight #33 #43
Physical Inactivity #2 #8
Dental Visit #9 #6
Pain Management #31 #27
Education #5 #7
Community #45 #36
Community & Environment - Macro #39 #34
Poverty #34 #39
Volunteerism #35 #36
Nursing Home Quality #28 #17
Community & Environment - Micro #45 #40
Food Insecurity #40 #39
Community Support #35 #40
Policy #10 #33
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #24 #24
Prescription Drug Coverage #5 #5
Geriatrician Shortfall #18 #24
Clinical Care #27 #35
Dedicated Health Care Provider #25 #36
Flu Vaccine #39 #28
Health Screenings #10 #10
Recommended Hospital Care #26 #30
Diabetes Management #27 #28
Home Health Care #42 #42
Preventable Hospitalizations #9 #9
Hospital Readmissions #27 #31
Hospice Care #32 #41
Hospital Deaths #40 #47
All Outcomes #24 #27
ICU Use #48 #47
Falls #28 #34
Hip Fracture #5 #4
Health Status #6 #13
Able-bodied #29 #31
Premature Death #5 #5
Teeth Extractions #3 #2
Poor Mental Health Days #43 #48
Multiple Chronic Conditions #24 #24
Cognition #38 #38
Depression #7 #7

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 Petaluma, CA 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 Petaluma is $47,177 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

34% of senior households in Petaluma earn less than $30,000 per year, while 21% 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 Petaluma is $17,683 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Petaluma is $27,650 Source: Census.gov ACS
18% of seniors in Petaluma, CA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

38% of Petaluma seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

85% of seniors living in Petaluma speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
7% of the seniors in Petaluma 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

49% of senior homeowners in Petaluma have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • California Department of Aging

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    1300 National Drive
    Sacramento, CA 95834
    Lora Connolly, Acting Dir.
    (916) 419-7500
    rdelacru@aging.ca.gov
    Website
    8:00 AM-5:00 PM M-F Pacific Time
  • Council on Aging Services for Seniors

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    30 Kawana Springs Road
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    Marrianne McBride
    (707) 525-0143
    info@councilonaging.com
    Website
    M-Th, 8:30am-5pm- Fri, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    3725 Westwind Bld
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    Diane Kaljian
    (707) 565-5950
    trepp@schsd.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Pacific Time
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    1600 K Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Lynda Terry
    Website
    8:00 AM-5:00 PM M-F Pacific Time
  • Human Services Department

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    3725 Westwind Blvd.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    Jo Weber
    707 565-5940
    Website
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Senior Advocacy Services

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    1304 Southpoint Blvd., Suite #280
    Petaluma, CA 94954

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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.