Boise, ID Senior Guide

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

  • 11% of the population of Boise, ID are seniors Source:
  • 32% of those seniors living in Boise, ID are living alone Source:
  • 5% of Boise senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 23% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 20% of Boise, ID residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Boise is $17,386/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Boise senior is $38,654 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Idaho ranks 19th for Long Term Care and 20th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 3,883 working seniors in Boise Source: ACS
  • 26% of the seniors in Boise are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (69%) 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 Boise, ID.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 7,344 seniors living alone in Boise. Of these, 74% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

74% of males 65 and older are married compared with 41% of females.
38% of females are widowed compared with 8% 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 Boise senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 13% of Boise senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

34% 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 Idaho

Care TypeIdaho Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,240$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 Idaho with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Idaho Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Idaho'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 DimensionIdaho 2011 RankIdaho 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#48#38
Choice of Setting & Provider#8#9
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#23#27
Support for Family Caregivers#12#42
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#3
Overall Rank#19#19

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 Idaho

Click here for an expanded view of Idaho'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 Idaho 2013 Rank Idaho 2015 Rank
Overall #21 #20
All Determinants #22 #14
Behaviors #35 #11
Smoking #12 #16
Chronic Drinking #27 #22
Obesity #16 #43
Underweight #20 #18
Physical Inactivity #20 #7
Dental Visit #29 #23
Pain Management #49 #14
Education #30 #27
Community #7 #7
Community & Environment - Macro #9 #1
Poverty #10 #21
Volunteerism #3 #3
Nursing Home Quality #9 #1
Community & Environment - Micro #7 #18
Food Insecurity #4 #4
Community Support #46 #42
Policy #42 #45
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #11 #11
Prescription Drug Coverage #39 #39
Geriatrician Shortfall #50 #50
Clinical Care #22 #29
Dedicated Health Care Provider #36 #38
Flu Vaccine #43 #42
Health Screenings #48 #47
Recommended Hospital Care #18 #21
Diabetes Management #40 #45
Home Health Care #11 #14
Preventable Hospitalizations #4 #3
Hospital Readmissions #2 #4
Hospice Care #29 #29
Hospital Deaths #6 #7
All Outcomes #24 #24
ICU Use #3 #4
Falls #47 #43
Hip Fracture #27 #22
Health Status #17 #14
Able-bodied #38 #37
Premature Death #20 #20
Teeth Extractions #20 #23
Poor Mental Health Days #11 #36
Multiple Chronic Conditions #8 #8
Cognition #30 #26
Depression #29 #47

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 Boise, ID 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 Boise is $38,654 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

38% of senior households in Boise earn less than $30,000 per year, while 12% 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 Boise is $17,386 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Boise is $24,055 Source: ACS
16% of seniors in Boise, ID are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

36% of Boise seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



94% of seniors living in Boise speak English at home. Source: ACS
6% of the seniors in Boise are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

41% of senior homeowners in Boise have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Idaho Commission on Aging

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    341 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
    Boise, ID 83702
    Judy Taylor
    (208) 334-3833
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mountain Time Monday to Friday
  • Area 3 Senior Services Agency- Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Information and Assistance, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    701 South Allen Street
    Meridian, ID 83642
    Raul Enriquez
    (208) 898-7060
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mountain Time Monday to Friday

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    700 West State Street
    Boise, ID 83720
    Shannon Hohl
    (800) 247-4422
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mountain Time 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.