Portsmouth, NH Senior Guide

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

  • 16% of the population of Portsmouth, NH are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 36% of those seniors living in Portsmouth, NH are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 7% of Portsmouth senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 22% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 20% of Portsmouth, NH residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Portsmouth is $16,278/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Portsmouth senior is $45,329 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, New Hampshire ranks 27th for Long Term Care and 2nd for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 629 working seniors in Portsmouth Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 25% of the seniors in Portsmouth are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (15%) working aged (69%) 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 Portsmouth, NH.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 1,184 seniors living alone in Portsmouth. Of these, 74% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

66% of males 65 and older are married compared with 33% of females.
44% of females are widowed compared with 11% 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 Portsmouth senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 11% of Portsmouth senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

27% 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 New Hampshire

Care TypeNew Hampshire Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$5,103$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 New Hampshire with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

New Hampshire Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of New Hampshire'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 DimensionNew Hampshire 2011 RankNew Hampshire 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#22#29
Choice of Setting & Provider#29#39
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#20#13
Support for Family Caregivers#28#38
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#19
Overall Rank#27#27

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 New Hampshire

Click here for an expanded view of New Hampshire'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 New Hampshire 2013 Rank New Hampshire 2015 Rank
Overall #4 #2
All Determinants #5 #2
Behaviors #7 #4
Smoking #6 #7
Chronic Drinking #42 #26
Obesity #21 #14
Underweight #33 #6
Physical Inactivity #10 #10
Dental Visit #7 #7
Pain Management #5 #44
Education #11 #9
Community #6 #1
Community & Environment - Macro #7 #5
Poverty #3 #2
Volunteerism #21 #21
Nursing Home Quality #6 #5
Community & Environment - Micro #5 #1
Food Insecurity #6 #3
Community Support #4 #4
Policy #33 #39
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #28 #28
Prescription Drug Coverage #50 #50
Geriatrician Shortfall #4 #8
Clinical Care #4 #4
Dedicated Health Care Provider #5 #5
Flu Vaccine #37 #20
Health Screenings #5 #3
Recommended Hospital Care #3 #3
Diabetes Management #2 #5
Home Health Care #27 #32
Preventable Hospitalizations #14 #15
Hospital Readmissions #14 #11
Hospice Care #36 #34
Hospital Deaths #22 #27
All Outcomes #3 #4
ICU Use #5 #10
Falls #12 #33
Hip Fracture #9 #8
Health Status #2 #1
Able-bodied #9 #8
Premature Death #15 #18
Teeth Extractions #26 #8
Poor Mental Health Days #11 #4
Multiple Chronic Conditions #18 #18
Cognition #14 #7
Depression #26 #19

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 Portsmouth, NH 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 Portsmouth is $45,329 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

36% of senior households in Portsmouth earn less than $30,000 per year, while 13% 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 Portsmouth is $16,278 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Portsmouth is $28,685 Source: Census.gov ACS
18% of seniors in Portsmouth, NH are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

45% of Portsmouth seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



96% of seniors living in Portsmouth speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
13% of the seniors in Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman, State Agency on Aging
    105 Pleasant Street
    Concord, NH 03301
    Christine Santanello
    (603) 271-9203
    8:00 am 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • NH SHIP - ServiceLink Resource Center

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • New Hampshire Legal Assistance

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    (603) 624-6000
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday
  • ServiceLink Resource Center of Rockingham County

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    30 International Drive, Suite 202
    Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Becky May
    (603) 334-6594
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    129 Pleasant Street
    Concord, NH 03301
    Rachel Lakin

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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.