New Orleans, LA Senior Guide

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

  • 11% of the population of New Orleans, LA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 32% of those seniors living in New Orleans, LA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 14% of New Orleans senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 37% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 27% of New Orleans, LA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in New Orleans is $13,809/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a New Orleans senior is $29,043 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Louisiana ranks 43rd for Long Term Care and 50th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 6,774 working seniors in New Orleans Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 17% of the seniors in New Orleans are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (70%) 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 New Orleans, LA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 11,909 seniors living alone in New Orleans. Of these, 65% 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 29% of females.
43% of females are widowed compared with 15% 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, 3% of New Orleans senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 25% of New Orleans senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

26% 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 Louisiana

Care TypeLouisiana Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$555$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,354$1,492
Assisted Living$3,010$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$2,860$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,051$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$4,715$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$5,171$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 Louisiana with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Louisiana Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Louisiana'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 DimensionLouisiana 2011 RankLouisiana 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#18#24
Choice of Setting & Provider#46#30
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#46#41
Support for Family Caregivers#36#7
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#51
Overall Rank#43#43

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 Louisiana

Click here for an expanded view of Louisiana'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 Louisiana 2013 Rank Louisiana 2015 Rank
Overall #48 #50
All Determinants #48 #50
Behaviors #47 #49
Smoking #48 #46
Chronic Drinking #20 #20
Obesity #44 #49
Underweight #20 #24
Physical Inactivity #48 #42
Dental Visit #45 #48
Pain Management #27 #16
Education #39 #43
Community #44 #50
Community & Environment - Macro #49 #50
Poverty #48 #49
Volunteerism #48 #50
Nursing Home Quality #50 #49
Community & Environment - Micro #36 #47
Food Insecurity #26 #49
Community Support #28 #30
Policy #47 #47
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #48 #48
Prescription Drug Coverage #22 #22
Geriatrician Shortfall #41 #43
Clinical Care #40 #39
Dedicated Health Care Provider #38 #41
Flu Vaccine #1 #11
Health Screenings #27 #20
Recommended Hospital Care #43 #48
Diabetes Management #34 #33
Home Health Care #7 #7
Preventable Hospitalizations #48 #48
Hospital Readmissions #38 #45
Hospice Care #18 #15
Hospital Deaths #33 #28
All Outcomes #44 #44
ICU Use #35 #32
Falls #4 #9
Hip Fracture #42 #43
Health Status #49 #47
Able-bodied #46 #48
Premature Death #46 #46
Teeth Extractions #46 #49
Poor Mental Health Days #32 #36
Multiple Chronic Conditions #43 #47
Cognition #48 #49
Depression #29 #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 New Orleans, LA 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 New Orleans is $29,043 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

51% of senior households in New Orleans earn less than $30,000 per year, while 11% 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 New Orleans is $13,809 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in New Orleans is $21,669 Source: Census.gov ACS
17% of seniors in New Orleans, LA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

29% of New Orleans seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

92% of seniors living in New Orleans speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
7% of the seniors in New Orleans 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

32% of senior homeowners in New Orleans have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs/HCBS

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    PO Box 61
    Baton Rouge, LA 70898
    Porsche Holmes
    225-342-7100
    elderlyaffairs@goea.la.gov
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Jefferson Council on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    6620 Riverside Dr.
    Metairie, LA 70003
    Al Robichaux
    504-888-5880
    ARobichaux@jcoa.net
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • New Orleans Council on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance, Legal Services
    2475 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Howard L. Rodgers, III
    504-821-4121
    hrodgers@nocoa.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Central Time
  • Saint James Parish Department of Human Resources

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    Human Resources Building
    Convent, LA 70723
    Sue Won Narcissee
    (225) 562-2372
    suewon.narcisse@stjamesla.com
    Website
    7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time, M-Th 7:30 AM-3:30 PM Friday.
  • Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    1702 North 3rd St.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Alan Heumann
    Website
  • Adult/Elderly Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    Office of Aging and Adult Services
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821
  • Louisiana State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    P.O. Box 61
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821

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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.