Colorado Springs, CO Senior Guide

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

  • 11% of the population of Colorado Springs, CO are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 30% of those seniors living in Colorado Springs, CO are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 6% of Colorado Springs senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 22% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 17% of Colorado Springs, CO residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Colorado Springs is $16,126/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Colorado Springs senior is $43,402 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 7,809 working seniors in Colorado Springs Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 30% of the seniors in Colorado Springs are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (67%) seniors (11%)

(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 Colorado Springs, CO.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 13,631 seniors living alone in Colorado Springs. Of these, 74% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

73% of males 65 and older are married compared with 43% of females.
34% of females are widowed compared with 13% 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 Colorado Springs senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 11% of Colorado Springs 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.

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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
$763$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,408$1,492
Assisted Living$3,750$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,143$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,195$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,996$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,794$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 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 Colorado Springs, 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 Colorado Springs is $43,402 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

35% of senior households in Colorado Springs earn less than $30,000 per year, while 15% 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 Colorado Springs is $16,126 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Colorado Springs is $29,455 Source: Census.gov ACS
17% of seniors in Colorado Springs, CO are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

40% of Colorado Springs seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

88% of seniors living in Colorado Springs speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
6% of the seniors in Colorado Springs 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

44% of senior homeowners in Colorado Springs 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: Information and Assistance, State Agency on Aging
    1575 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Jeanette Hensley
    (303) 866-2800
    tara.franck@state.co.us
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
  • Colorado Department of Human Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    1575 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Paulette St. James
    (303) 866-2800
    patricia.stanis@state.co.us
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
  • Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    455 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Pat Tunnell
    (303) 722-0300
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Time
  • The Legal Center

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    455 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Jan Meyers
    tlcmail@thelegalcenter.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments AAA

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    15 South 7th Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80905
    Joe Urban
    (719) 471-7080
    seniorinfo@ppacg.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Mountain Time, M-F
  • Colorado Legal Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    617 S Nevada Avenue
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    Theresa Kilgore
    (719) 471-0380
    Website
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Time
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    15 S. 7th Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80905
    Guy Dutra
    (719) 471-7080 ext:132
    dsowa@ppacg.org
    Website
    8:00 - 5:00 Monday through Friday, except major holidays
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1550
    Denver, CO 80202
    303-894-7855
    Website
    9:00 - 5:00 pm

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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.