Hiawatha, KS Senior Guide

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

  • 21% of the population of Hiawatha, KS are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 33% of those seniors living in Hiawatha, KS are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 6% of Hiawatha senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 41% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 40% of Hiawatha, KS residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Hiawatha is $16,031/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Hiawatha senior is $34,861 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Kansas ranks 9th for Long Term Care and 24th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 159 working seniors in Hiawatha Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 19% of the seniors in Hiawatha are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (21%) working aged (58%) seniors (21%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

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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 Hiawatha, KS.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 222 seniors living alone in Hiawatha. Of these, 81% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

82% of males 65 and older are married compared with 44% of females.
42% of females are widowed compared with 9% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

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



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 15% of Hiawatha 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 Kansas

Care TypeKansas Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$4,188$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 Kansas with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Kansas Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Kansas'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 DimensionKansas 2011 RankKansas 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#9#11
Choice of Setting & Provider#23#10
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#14#20
Support for Family Caregivers#17#35
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#37
Overall Rank#9#9

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 Kansas

Click here for an expanded view of Kansas'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 Kansas 2013 Rank Kansas 2015 Rank
Overall #20 #24
All Determinants #15 #22
Behaviors #14 #13
Smoking #29 #27
Chronic Drinking #8 #6
Obesity #33 #16
Underweight #13 #24
Physical Inactivity #30 #20
Dental Visit #23 #21
Pain Management #21 #34
Education #26 #24
Community #4 #12
Community & Environment - Macro #2 #9
Poverty #15 #8
Volunteerism #4 #5
Nursing Home Quality #11 #31
Community & Environment - Micro #14 #16
Food Insecurity #20 #22
Community Support #24 #21
Policy #45 #46
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #45 #45
Prescription Drug Coverage #37 #37
Geriatrician Shortfall #28 #33
Clinical Care #11 #18
Dedicated Health Care Provider #19 #20
Flu Vaccine #6 #19
Health Screenings #25 #22
Recommended Hospital Care #11 #12
Diabetes Management #37 #41
Home Health Care #9 #11
Preventable Hospitalizations #31 #31
Hospital Readmissions #23 #17
Hospice Care #15 #20
Hospital Deaths #20 #23
All Outcomes #28 #28
ICU Use #17 #21
Falls #45 #30
Hip Fracture #38 #34
Health Status #22 #25
Able-bodied #30 #28
Premature Death #30 #35
Teeth Extractions #30 #35
Poor Mental Health Days #7 #6
Multiple Chronic Conditions #22 #22
Cognition #20 #14
Depression #12 #17

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 Hiawatha, KS 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 Hiawatha is $34,861 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

46% of senior households in Hiawatha earn less than $30,000 per year, while 3% 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 Hiawatha is $16,031 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Hiawatha is $15,447 Source: Census.gov ACS
24% of seniors in Hiawatha, KS are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

18% of Hiawatha seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



98% of seniors living in Hiawatha speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
10% of the seniors in Hiawatha are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

20% of senior homeowners in Hiawatha have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention, State Agency on Aging
    New England Building
    Topeka, KS 66603
    Tim Keck- Secretary
    (785) 296-4986
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Center

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention
    1803 Oregon Street
    Hiawatha, KS 66434
    Karen Wilson
    (785) 742-7152
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Seneca Office of Kansas Legal Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    203 N 8th Street
    Seneca, KS 66538
  • Kansas Elder Law Hotline

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    (316) 265-2252
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm Central time Monday to Friday. Closed between 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    900 SW Jackson, Ste 1041
    Topeka, KS 66612
    Barbara Hickert
    (785) 296-3017
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    885 112th Drive
    Horton, KS 66439
    Judy Soto
    (785) 486-2688
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Central Time. Monday to Friday.
  • Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    503 S. Kansas
    Topeka, KS 66603
    (800) 860-5260
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Kansas Protection Report Center

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    Kansas Dept. for Children & Families/Adult Protective Services
    Hiawatha, KS

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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.