Worcester, MA Senior Guide

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

  • 12% of the population of Worcester, MA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 34% of those seniors living in Worcester, MA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 10% of Worcester senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 39% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 29% of Worcester, MA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Worcester is $14,487/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Worcester senior is $26,793 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Massachusetts ranks 30th for Long Term Care and 6th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 3,164 working seniors in Worcester Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 19% of the seniors in Worcester are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (69%) seniors (12%)

(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 Worcester, MA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 7,287 seniors living alone in Worcester. Of these, 71% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

58% of males 65 and older are married compared with 30% of females.
46% of females are widowed compared with 19% 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, 2% of Worcester senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 28% of Worcester senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

40% 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 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 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 Worcester, 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 Worcester is $26,793 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

54% of senior households in Worcester earn less than $30,000 per year, while 9% 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 Worcester is $14,487 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Worcester is $21,122 Source: Census.gov ACS
14% of seniors in Worcester, MA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

26% of Worcester seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



75% of seniors living in Worcester speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
8% of the seniors in Worcester 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

36% of senior homeowners in Worcester have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov 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
  • Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance
    360 West Boylston Street
    West Boylston, MA 01583
    Robert Dwyer
    (800) 244-3032
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Massachusetts State Elder Abuse Hotline

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Tri-Valley Elder Services

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    10 Mill Street
    Dudley, MA 01571
    Marilyn Travinski
    (508) 949-6640
    Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Center for Living & Working, Inc.

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    484 Main Street Suite 345
    Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 798-0350
    Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5 pm
  • Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the MetroBoston

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    280 Irving Street
    Framingham, MA 01702
    Monday thru Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays -- Closed

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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.