Melrose, MA Senior Guide

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

  • 16% of the population of Melrose, MA are seniors Source:
  • 35% of those seniors living in Melrose, MA are living alone Source:
  • 11% of Melrose senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 27% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 46% of Melrose, MA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Melrose is $17,809/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Melrose senior is $43,601 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Massachusetts ranks 30th for Long Term Care and 6th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 707 working seniors in Melrose Source: ACS
  • 18% of the seniors in Melrose are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (65%) 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 Melrose, MA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 1,505 seniors living alone in Melrose. Of these, 74% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

71% of males 65 and older are married compared with 41% of females.
40% of females are widowed compared with 12% 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 Melrose senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 22% of Melrose senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

63% 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 Massachusetts

Care TypeMassachusetts Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$5,300$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 Massachusetts with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Massachusetts Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

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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 DimensionMassachusetts 2011 RankMassachusetts 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#17#17
Choice of Setting & Provider#14#14
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#34#15
Support for Family Caregivers#39#41
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#26
Overall Rank#30#30

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 Massachusetts

Click here for an expanded view of Massachusetts'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 Massachusetts 2013 Rank Massachusetts 2015 Rank
Overall #5 #6
All Determinants #4 #4
Behaviors #11 #25
Smoking #23 #32
Chronic Drinking #47 #47
Obesity #10 #8
Underweight #25 #15
Physical Inactivity #19 #25
Dental Visit #3 #5
Pain Management #6 #32
Education #8 #8
Community #9 #8
Community & Environment - Macro #22 #23
Poverty #31 #31
Volunteerism #30 #35
Nursing Home Quality #11 #6
Community & Environment - Micro #1 #3
Food Insecurity #9 #6
Community Support #3 #3
Policy #5 #3
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #20 #20
Prescription Drug Coverage #18 #18
Geriatrician Shortfall #6 #3
Clinical Care #17 #14
Dedicated Health Care Provider #5 #8
Flu Vaccine #7 #13
Health Screenings #1 #2
Recommended Hospital Care #22 #28
Diabetes Management #5 #2
Home Health Care #21 #19
Preventable Hospitalizations #38 #36
Hospital Readmissions #38 #31
Hospice Care #38 #36
Hospital Deaths #35 #38
All Outcomes #6 #7
ICU Use #16 #15
Falls #6 #13
Hip Fracture #9 #4
Health Status #8 #11
Able-bodied #10 #12
Premature Death #8 #6
Teeth Extractions #17 #20
Poor Mental Health Days #23 #27
Multiple Chronic Conditions #28 #28
Cognition #14 #21
Depression #11 #30

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 Melrose, MA 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 Melrose is $43,601 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

39% of senior households in Melrose earn less than $30,000 per year, while 18% 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 Melrose is $17,809 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Melrose is $28,215 Source: ACS
17% of seniors in Melrose, MA are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

39% of Melrose seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



88% of seniors living in Melrose speak English at home. Source: ACS
36% of the seniors in Melrose are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

36% of senior homeowners in Melrose have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    One Ashburton Place
    Boston, MA 02108
    Peter Karg
    8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    One Ashburton Place
    Boston, MA 02108
    Alice Bonner-Secretary
    (617) 727-7750
    8:45 AM - 5:00 PM, EST Monday to Friday
  • Springwell, Inc.

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    307 Waverley Oaks Road
    Waltham, MA 02452
    Ruth Beckerman-Rodau
    (617) 926-4100
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Boston Center for Independent Living, Inc. (BCIL)

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    60 Temple Place
    Boston, MA 02111
    (617) 338-6665
    8:30- 5:30 Monday- Friday
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

    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
    300 Commercial Street, Suite 19
    Malden, MA 02148
    Daniel O'Leary
    (781) 324-7705
    7:45 am - 5:15 pm Eastern 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.