San Francisco, CA Senior Guide

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

  • 14% of the population of San Francisco, CA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 31% of those seniors living in San Francisco, CA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 8% of San Francisco senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 32% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 31% of San Francisco, CA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in San Francisco is $15,467/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a San Francisco senior is $36,565 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 16,831 working seniors in San Francisco Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 14% of the seniors in San Francisco are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (12%) working aged (74%) seniors (14%)

(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 San Francisco, CA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 34,234 seniors living alone in San Francisco. Of these, 65% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

63% of males 65 and older are married compared with 36% of females.
40% of females are widowed compared with 10% 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 San Francisco senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 42% of San Francisco senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

38% 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 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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco is $36,565 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

44% of senior households in San Francisco earn less than $30,000 per year, while 19% 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 San Francisco is $15,467 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in San Francisco is $27,295 Source: Census.gov ACS
15% of seniors in San Francisco, CA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

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

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

44% of seniors living in San Francisco speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
15% of the seniors in San Francisco 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

41% of senior homeowners in San Francisco 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
  • San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    1650 Mission Street, 5/F
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Anne Hinton
    (415) 355-3555
    DAAS@sfgov.org
    Website
    DAAS: 24/7 phone assistance for Information, Referral, and Assistance and Adult Protective Services. Other referral services include home delivered meals and In Home Supportive Services. Office hours are 8-5pm.
  • San Mateo County Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    225 37th Avenue
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    Lisa Mancini
    (650) 573-3900
    lmancini@co.sanmateo.ca.us
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time M-F
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    The Natalie Lanam Justice Center
    Redwood City, CA 94065
    (650) 558-0915
    Website
    Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 noon & 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closed 12:00 noon -1:00 pm
  • Ombudsmen Services of San Mateo County, Inc.

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    711 Nevada St.
    Redwood City, CA 94061
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    1710 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 302
    San Mateo, CA 94402
  • 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
  • San Francisco Dept. of Aging & Adult Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    1650 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Center for the Independence of the Disabled

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    2001 Winward Way
    San Mateo, CA 94402
  • Aging & Adult Services - Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    Health System, San Mateo County
    San Mateo, CA 94403

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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.