South River, NJ Senior Guide

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

  • 12% of the population of South River, NJ are seniors Source:
  • 30% of those seniors living in South River, NJ are living alone Source:
  • 3% of South River senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 21% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 40% of South River, NJ residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in South River is $18,752/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a South River senior is $45,671 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, New Jersey ranks 22nd for Long Term Care and 26th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 186 working seniors in South River Source: ACS
  • 20% of the seniors in South River are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (68%) 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.

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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 South River, NJ.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 571 seniors living alone in South River. Of these, 71% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

55% of males 65 and older are married compared with 35% of females.
52% of females are widowed compared with 30% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 2% of South River senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 17% of South River senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

44% 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 Jersey

Care TypeNew Jersey Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$5,725$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 Jersey with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

New Jersey Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of New Jersey'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 Jersey 2011 RankNew Jersey 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#10#13
Choice of Setting & Provider#34#37
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#28#21
Support for Family Caregivers#21#22
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#36
Overall Rank#22#22

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 New Jersey

Click here for an expanded view of New Jersey'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 Jersey 2013 Rank New Jersey 2015 Rank
Overall #28 #26
All Determinants #27 #29
Behaviors #18 #22
Smoking #19 #12
Chronic Drinking #30 #12
Obesity #22 #19
Underweight #25 #43
Physical Inactivity #34 #31
Dental Visit #10 #14
Pain Management #16 #34
Education #17 #18
Community #28 #28
Community & Environment - Macro #32 #28
Poverty #12 #17
Volunteerism #46 #43
Nursing Home Quality #32 #26
Community & Environment - Micro #26 #22
Food Insecurity #17 #26
Community Support #25 #27
Policy #14 #16
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #32 #32
Prescription Drug Coverage #32 #32
Geriatrician Shortfall #8 #9
Clinical Care #41 #41
Dedicated Health Care Provider #31 #28
Flu Vaccine #26 #40
Health Screenings #40 #19
Recommended Hospital Care #3 #35
Diabetes Management #8 #7
Home Health Care #36 #36
Preventable Hospitalizations #33 #34
Hospital Readmissions #46 #43
Hospice Care #28 #30
Hospital Deaths #47 #46
All Outcomes #26 #22
ICU Use #50 #50
Falls #12 #5
Hip Fracture #5 #8
Health Status #20 #26
Able-bodied #6 #7
Premature Death #13 #12
Teeth Extractions #14 #15
Poor Mental Health Days #32 #33
Multiple Chronic Conditions #49 #49
Cognition #23 #16
Depression #5 #5

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 South River, NJ 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 South River is $45,671 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

35% of senior households in South River earn less than $30,000 per year, while 12% 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 South River is $18,752 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in South River is $18,046 Source: ACS
10% of seniors in South River, NJ are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

16% of South River seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



77% of seniors living in South River speak English at home. Source: ACS
6% of the seniors in South River are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

28% of senior homeowners in South River have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • New Jersey Division of Aging Services

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    P.O. Box 807
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    Lowell Arye
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time
  • Middlesex County Office of Aging & Disabled Services

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance
    75 Bayard Street
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Laila Caune
    (732) 745-3295
    8:30 AM - 4:15 PM - Eastern Time, Monday-Friday
  • Middlesex County Office on Aging

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    Middlesex Co. Administration Bldg. 5th Floor
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Margaret R. Chester
    (732) 745-3295
    8:30 AM - 4:15 PM - Eastern Time
  • Central Jersey Legal Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    317 George Street, Suite 201
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Paul Mullin
    (732) 249-7600
  • North Brunswick Senior Citizen Center

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    15 Linwood Place
    North Brunswick, NJ 08902
    Jessica Zink
    (732) 247-0922 ext.820
    Weekday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Middlesex County Board of Social Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    181 How Lane
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Angela Mackaronis
    (732) 745-3500
    8:30 AM - 4:15 PM - Eastern Time, Monday-Friday
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    8:30 - 5:00
  • New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman

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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.