Cortez, CO Senior Guide

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

  • 18% of the population of Cortez, CO are seniors Source:
  • 34% of those seniors living in Cortez, CO are living alone Source:
  • 3% of Cortez senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 26% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 17% of Cortez, CO residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Cortez is $17,249/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Cortez senior is $32,411 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Colorado ranks 7th for Long Term Care and 8th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 108 working seniors in Cortez Source: ACS
  • 33% of the seniors in Cortez are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (60%) seniors (18%)

(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 Cortez, CO.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 507 seniors living alone in Cortez. Of these, 71% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

73% of males 65 and older are married compared with 41% of females.
36% of females are widowed compared with 9% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 2% of Cortez senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 21% of Cortez 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 - 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 Cortez, 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 Cortez is $32,411 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

44% of senior households in Cortez earn less than $30,000 per year, while 6% 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 Cortez is $17,249 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Cortez is $18,868 Source: ACS
8% of seniors in Cortez, CO are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

26% of Cortez seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



92% of seniors living in Cortez speak English at home. Source: ACS
3% of the seniors in Cortez are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

23% of senior homeowners in Cortez have a mortgage. Source: 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
  • San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging
    451 Hot Springs Blvd.
    Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
    Christina Knoell
    (970) 264-0501
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Colorado Legal Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    835 East 2nd Ave.
    Durango, CO 81301
  • Hatter & Green

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    PO Box 1466
    Cortez, CO 81321
    Mike Green
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Indians - Title VI Senior Citizens Program

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    PO Box 189
    Towaoc, CO 81334
    Rufina Weeks
    (970) 564-0630
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mountain Time 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
  • Montezuma County APS Intake

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention

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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.