Nantucket, MA Senior Guide

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

  • 11% of the population of Nantucket, MA are seniors Source:
  • 33% of those seniors living in Nantucket, MA are living alone Source:
  • 6% of Nantucket senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 25% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 26% of Nantucket, MA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Nantucket is $16,281/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Nantucket senior is $49,375 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Massachusetts ranks 30th for Long Term Care and 6th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 200 working seniors in Nantucket Source: ACS
  • 25% of the seniors in Nantucket are veterans Source: 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 Nantucket, MA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 262 seniors living alone in Nantucket. Of these, 68% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

48% of males 65 and older are married compared with 43% of females.
36% of females are widowed compared with 18% 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 Nantucket senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 6% of Nantucket 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 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

Click here for an expanded view of Massachusetts'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 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 Nantucket, 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 Nantucket is $49,375 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

36% of senior households in Nantucket earn less than $30,000 per year, while 28% 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 Nantucket is $16,281 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Nantucket is $33,833 Source: ACS
24% of seniors in Nantucket, MA are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

51% of Nantucket seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



93% of seniors living in Nantucket speak English at home. Source: ACS
9% of the seniors in Nantucket 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 Nantucket 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
  • Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    68 Route 134
    South Dennis, MA 02660
    Ms. Leslie Scheer
    (508) 394-4630
    8:00 AM to 5:00 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.