Bethel, CT Senior Guide

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

  • 12% of the population of Bethel, CT are seniors Source:
  • 39% of those seniors living in Bethel, CT are living alone Source:
  • 2% of Bethel senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 10% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 43% of Bethel, CT residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Bethel is $18,361/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Bethel senior is $50,000 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Connecticut ranks 11th for Long Term Care and 10th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 364 working seniors in Bethel Source: ACS
  • 34% of the seniors in Bethel are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (69%) seniors (12%)

(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 Bethel, CT.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 439 seniors living alone in Bethel. Of these, 75% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

60% of males 65 and older are married compared with 51% of females.
31% of females are widowed compared with 7% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 0% of Bethel senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 6% of Bethel 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 Connecticut

Care TypeConnecticut Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$5,575$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 Connecticut with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Connecticut Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Connecticut'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 DimensionConnecticut 2011 RankConnecticut 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#8#4
Choice of Setting & Provider#25#22
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#17#6
Support for Family Caregivers#20#30
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#39
Overall Rank#11#11

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 Connecticut

Click here for an expanded view of Connecticut'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 Connecticut 2013 Rank Connecticut 2015 Rank
Overall #8 #10
All Determinants #8 #11
Behaviors #9 #21
Smoking #13 #10
Chronic Drinking #27 #39
Obesity #12 #20
Underweight #22 #10
Physical Inactivity #23 #27
Dental Visit #1 #4
Pain Management #26 #43
Education #5 #6
Community #10 #20
Community & Environment - Macro #5 #16
Poverty #5 #6
Volunteerism #14 #25
Nursing Home Quality #13 #19
Community & Environment - Micro #22 #28
Food Insecurity #10 #27
Community Support #14 #19
Policy #15 #9
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #38 #38
Prescription Drug Coverage #24 #24
Geriatrician Shortfall #7 #5
Clinical Care #25 #21
Dedicated Health Care Provider #10 #3
Flu Vaccine #29 #21
Health Screenings #4 #7
Recommended Hospital Care #43 #37
Diabetes Management #11 #20
Home Health Care #22 #18
Preventable Hospitalizations #22 #26
Hospital Readmissions #33 #31
Hospice Care #41 #38
Hospital Deaths #37 #39
All Outcomes #4 #6
ICU Use #27 #35
Falls #4 #10
Hip Fracture #3 #4
Health Status #15 #8
Able-bodied #2 #2
Premature Death #3 #2
Teeth Extractions #2 #14
Poor Mental Health Days #19 #16
Multiple Chronic Conditions #35 #37
Cognition #8 #9
Depression #22 #24

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 Bethel, CT 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 Bethel is $50,000 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

23% of senior households in Bethel earn less than $30,000 per year, while 20% 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 Bethel is $18,361 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Bethel is $22,055 Source: ACS
31% of seniors in Bethel, CT are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

35% of Bethel seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



95% of seniors living in Bethel speak English at home. Source: ACS
7% of the seniors in Bethel are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

40% of senior homeowners in Bethel have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • State Department on Aging

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    55 Farmington Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
    Amy Porter
    (860) 424-5274
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • The CHOICES Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    25 Sigourney Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Margaret Gerundo-Murkette
    (860) 424-5322
  • Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging and Independent Living

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Information and Assistance
    1000 Lafayette Blvd.
    Bridgeport, CT 06604
    Marie L. Allen
    (203) 333-9288
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance
    84 Progress Lane
    Waterbury, CT 06705
    Christina Fishbein
    (203) 757-5449
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, EST Monday to Friday
  • Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    55 Farmington Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
    Dorian Long
    (888) 385-4225
  • Western CT Community Choices

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    1183 New Haven Rd.
    Naugatuck, MO 06670
    (203) 729-3299
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    55 Farmington Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
    (860) 424-5200
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

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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.