Buena Vista, CO Senior Guide

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

  • 19% of the population of Buena Vista, CO are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 30% of those seniors living in Buena Vista, CO are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 7% of Buena Vista senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 35% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 35% of Buena Vista, CO residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Buena Vista is $15,454/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Buena Vista senior is $31,382 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Colorado ranks 7th for Long Term Care and 8th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 57 working seniors in Buena Vista Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 32% of the seniors in Buena Vista are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (62%) seniors (19%)

(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 Buena Vista, CO.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 150 seniors living alone in Buena Vista. Of these, 65% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

82% of males 65 and older are married compared with 44% of females.
53% of females are widowed compared with 12% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 4% of Buena Vista senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 6% of Buena Vista senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

0% 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 Colorado

Care TypeColorado Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,750$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 Colorado with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Colorado Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Colorado'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 DimensionColorado 2011 RankColorado 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#20#5
Choice of Setting & Provider#10#14
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#19#7
Support for Family Caregivers#6#16
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#11
Overall Rank#7#7

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 Colorado

Click here for an expanded view of Colorado'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 Colorado 2013 Rank Colorado 2015 Rank
Overall #6 #8
All Determinants #6 #8
Behaviors #2 #7
Smoking #17 #27
Chronic Drinking #26 #33
Obesity #4 #2
Underweight #25 #43
Physical Inactivity #1 #2
Dental Visit #13 #14
Pain Management #19 #41
Education #1 #1
Community #24 #16
Community & Environment - Macro #23 #14
Poverty #22 #13
Volunteerism #22 #16
Nursing Home Quality #21 #10
Community & Environment - Micro #18 #28
Food Insecurity #14 #21
Community Support #29 #29
Policy #22 #20
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #29 #29
Prescription Drug Coverage #18 #18
Geriatrician Shortfall #24 #20
Clinical Care #2 #1
Dedicated Health Care Provider #32 #22
Flu Vaccine #9 #8
Health Screenings #29 #38
Recommended Hospital Care #18 #13
Diabetes Management #43 #38
Home Health Care #14 #12
Preventable Hospitalizations #6 #5
Hospital Readmissions #9 #6
Hospice Care #4 #9
Hospital Deaths #3 #3
All Outcomes #8 #5
ICU Use #18 #18
Falls #32 #21
Hip Fracture #31 #30
Health Status #4 #2
Able-bodied #12 #10
Premature Death #2 #3
Teeth Extractions #9 #5
Poor Mental Health Days #14 #9
Multiple Chronic Conditions #7 #5
Cognition #8 #11
Depression #36 #19

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 Buena Vista, CO 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 Buena Vista is $31,382 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

46% of senior households in Buena Vista earn less than $30,000 per year, while 2% 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 Buena Vista is $15,454 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Buena Vista is $19,263 Source: Census.gov ACS
14% of seniors in Buena Vista, CO are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

34% of Buena Vista seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



97% of seniors living in Buena Vista speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
14% of the seniors in Buena Vista are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

30% of senior homeowners in Buena Vista have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Colorado Division of Aging & Adult Services

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    1575 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Mindy Kemp
    (303) 866-2800
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mountain Time Monday to Friday
  • Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    455 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Pat Tunnell
    (303) 722-0300
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Time Monday to Friday
  • Disability Law Colorado

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    455 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Jan Meyers
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time Monday to Friday
  • Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Information and Assistance, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    139 East 3rd Street
    Salida, CO 81201
    Stephen M. Holland
    (719) 539-3341
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1550
    Denver, CO 80202
    (303) 894-7855
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Chaffee County Human Services - Adult Protective Services Unit

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention

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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.