Spruce Pine, NC Senior Guide

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

  • 20% of the population of Spruce Pine, NC are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 30% of those seniors living in Spruce Pine, NC are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 22% of Spruce Pine senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 47% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 40% of Spruce Pine, NC residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Spruce Pine is $14,355/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Spruce Pine senior is $21,012 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, North Carolina ranks 24th for Long Term Care and 32nd for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 18 working seniors in Spruce Pine Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 10% of the seniors in Spruce Pine are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (60%) seniors (20%)

(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 Spruce Pine, NC.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 131 seniors living alone in Spruce Pine. Of these, 73% 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 31% of females.
50% 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 Spruce Pine senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 37% of Spruce Pine senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

16% 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 North Carolina

Care TypeNorth Carolina Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,000$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 North Carolina with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

North Carolina Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of North Carolina'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 DimensionNorth Carolina 2011 RankNorth Carolina 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#11#24
Choice of Setting & Provider#7#19
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#45#35
Support for Family Caregivers#35#31
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#21
Overall Rank#24#24

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 North Carolina

Click here for an expanded view of North Carolina'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 North Carolina 2013 Rank North Carolina 2015 Rank
Overall #29 #32
All Determinants #18 #27
Behaviors #17 #17
Smoking #26 #34
Chronic Drinking #8 #11
Obesity #28 #15
Underweight #13 #37
Physical Inactivity #15 #18
Dental Visit #38 #28
Pain Management #33 #10
Education #31 #32
Community #34 #44
Community & Environment - Macro #37 #38
Poverty #35 #35
Volunteerism #28 #22
Nursing Home Quality #40 #38
Community & Environment - Micro #34 #48
Food Insecurity #35 #46
Community Support #38 #34
Policy #7 #11
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #9 #9
Prescription Drug Coverage #11 #11
Geriatrician Shortfall #20 #17
Clinical Care #8 #9
Dedicated Health Care Provider #15 #24
Flu Vaccine #8 #4
Health Screenings #14 #17
Recommended Hospital Care #11 #5
Diabetes Management #12 #9
Home Health Care #8 #17
Preventable Hospitalizations #25 #26
Hospital Readmissions #18 #21
Hospice Care #26 #21
Hospital Deaths #39 #34
All Outcomes #38 #38
ICU Use #29 #29
Falls #15 #20
Hip Fracture #38 #40
Health Status #42 #32
Able-bodied #37 #36
Premature Death #37 #37
Teeth Extractions #41 #40
Poor Mental Health Days #30 #27
Multiple Chronic Conditions #27 #24
Cognition #35 #34
Depression #31 #37

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 Spruce Pine, NC 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 Spruce Pine is $21,012 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

67% of senior households in Spruce Pine earn less than $30,000 per year, while 0% 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 Spruce Pine is $14,355 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Spruce Pine is $13,397 Source: Census.gov ACS
4% of seniors in Spruce Pine, NC are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

9% of Spruce Pine seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



90% of seniors living in Spruce Pine speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
16% of the seniors in Spruce Pine 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

15% of senior homeowners in Spruce Pine have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • North Carolina Division on Aging and Adult Services

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, State Agency on Aging
    693 Palmer Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    Hank Bowers, Asst. Director
    (919) 855-3400
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • High Country Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Information and Assistance, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    468 New Market Blvd.
    Boone, NC 28607
    Julie Wiggins
    (828) 265-5434
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina

    Services Provided: Legal Services
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    PO Box 1820
    Boone, NC 28607
  • Mitchell County Department of Social Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    347 Long View Drive
    Bakersville, NC 28705
    (828) 688-2175
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Mitchell County SHIIP

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    Mitchell Senior Center
    Bakersville, NC 28705
    Phyllis Hughes
    (828) 688-3019
  • The NC Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Mitchell Senior Center

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance
    152 Ledger School Road
    Bakersville, NC 28705
    Kathy Garland, Director
    (828) 688-3019

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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.