Palatka, FL Senior Guide

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

  • 16% of the population of Palatka, FL are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 37% of those seniors living in Palatka, FL are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 21% of Palatka senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 47% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 18% of Palatka, FL residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Palatka is $13,234/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Palatka senior is $24,016 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Florida ranks 44th for Long Term Care and 27th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 170 working seniors in Palatka Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 21% of the seniors in Palatka are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (25%) working aged (59%) seniors (16%)

(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 Palatka, FL.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 623 seniors living alone in Palatka. Of these, 72% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

57% of males 65 and older are married compared with 28% of females.
53% of females are widowed compared with 8% 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, 1% of Palatka senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 24% of Palatka senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

62% 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 Florida

Care TypeFlorida Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$659$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,408$1,492
Assisted Living$3,150$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,432$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,623$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$7,300$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$8,060$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 Florida with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Florida Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Florida'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 DimensionFlorida 2011 RankFlorida 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#35#35
Choice of Setting & Provider#37#41
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#44#43
Support for Family Caregivers#41#40
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#14
Overall Rank#44#44

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 Florida

Click here for an expanded view of Florida'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 Florida 2013 Rank Florida 2015 Rank
Overall #27 #27
All Determinants #30 #28
Behaviors #26 #30
Smoking #9 #22
Chronic Drinking #49 #42
Obesity #11 #10
Underweight #8 #37
Physical Inactivity #21 #20
Dental Visit #22 #24
Pain Management #45 #14
Education #19 #20
Community #40 #32
Community & Environment - Macro #48 #37
Poverty #35 #39
Volunteerism #50 #42
Nursing Home Quality #15 #22
Community & Environment - Micro #30 #24
Food Insecurity #42 #28
Community Support #7 #7
Policy #17 #14
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #13 #13
Prescription Drug Coverage #15 #15
Geriatrician Shortfall #34 #37
Clinical Care #7 #20
Dedicated Health Care Provider #7 #14
Flu Vaccine #36 #47
Health Screenings #7 #20
Recommended Hospital Care #8 #5
Diabetes Management #1 #1
Home Health Care #50 #50
Preventable Hospitalizations #28 #30
Hospital Readmissions #33 #36
Hospice Care #3 #4
Hospital Deaths #15 #9
All Outcomes #27 #32
ICU Use #49 #49
Falls #9 #7
Hip Fracture #23 #28
Health Status #23 #28
Able-bodied #14 #12
Premature Death #9 #8
Teeth Extractions #8 #22
Poor Mental Health Days #43 #41
Multiple Chronic Conditions #50 #50
Cognition #28 #29
Depression #28 #22

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 Palatka, FL 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 Palatka is $24,016 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

70% of senior households in Palatka earn less than $30,000 per year, while 9% 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 Palatka is $13,234 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Palatka is $14,043 Source: Census.gov ACS
11% of seniors in Palatka, FL are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

17% of Palatka seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

93% of seniors living in Palatka speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
6% of the seniors in Palatka 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

48% of senior homeowners in Palatka have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • FL Department of Elder Affairs

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman, State Agency on Aging
    4040 Esplanade Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Charles T. Corley
    (850) 414-2000
    information@elderaffairs.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time Monday-Friday
  • Elder Options

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance
    100 SW 75th Street
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    Kristen Griffis
    (352) 378-6649
    options@agingresources.org
    Website
    Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time
  • Department of Elder Affairs Long-Term Ombudsman Council *North Central Florida*

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    3801 NW 40th Terrace, Suite A
    Gainesville, FL 32606
    Ryan Miller, District Ombudsman Manager
    (352) 955-5015
    millerr@elderaffairs.org
    Website
    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SHINE -- Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    (800) 963-5337
    Website
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline *Florida*

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    1317 Winewood Boulevard
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
  • Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    4040 Esplanade Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Anne Rogers
    (850) 414-2000 ext:3048
    information@elderaffairs.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time, M-F
  • Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. *Putnam*

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, Legal Services
    216 S. Sixth Street
    Palatka, FL 32177
    (866) 886-1799
    larryg@clsmf.org
    Website
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Florida Senior Legal Helpline

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    1302 North 19th St Suite 400
    Tampa, FL 33605
    Richard C. Woltmann, Executive Director
    (888) 895-7873 (statewide)
    jreed@bals.org
    Website
    Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Appointments Line)

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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.