Niagara Falls, NY Senior Guide

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

  • 15% of the population of Niagara Falls, NY are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 40% of those seniors living in Niagara Falls, NY are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 9% of Niagara Falls senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 34% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of Niagara Falls, NY residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Niagara Falls is $15,625/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Niagara Falls senior is $26,895 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, New York ranks 41st for Long Term Care and 21st for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 896 working seniors in Niagara Falls Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 21% of the seniors in Niagara Falls are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (19%) working aged (65%) seniors (15%)

(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 Niagara Falls, NY.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 3,095 seniors living alone in Niagara Falls. Of these, 69% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

65% of males 65 and older are married compared with 31% of females.
50% of females are widowed compared with 15% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Niagara Falls senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 25% of Niagara Falls senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

18% 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.

Click here for a senior care reality check.

Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in New York

Care TypeNew York Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$797$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,842$1,492
Assisted Living$4,100$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,004$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,385$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$10,980$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$11,370$7,604
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 York with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

New York Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of New York'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 York 2011 RankNew York 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#25#22
Choice of Setting & Provider#17#20
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#39#34
Support for Family Caregivers#48#6
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#45
Overall Rank#41#41

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 York

Click here for an expanded view of New York'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 York 2013 Rank New York 2015 Rank
Overall #25 #21
All Determinants #28 #16
Behaviors #22 #11
Smoking #11 #4
Chronic Drinking #20 #30
Obesity #29 #16
Underweight #33 #33
Physical Inactivity #24 #24
Dental Visit #11 #22
Pain Management #36 #12
Education #18 #19
Community #39 #40
Community & Environment - Macro #43 #44
Poverty #43 #46
Volunteerism #43 #49
Nursing Home Quality #31 #28
Community & Environment - Micro #39 #30
Food Insecurity #25 #34
Community Support #10 #11
Policy #3 #1
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #15 #15
Prescription Drug Coverage #14 #14
Geriatrician Shortfall #3 #4
Clinical Care #39 #34
Dedicated Health Care Provider #10 #9
Flu Vaccine #30 #29
Health Screenings #18 #13
Recommended Hospital Care #43 #45
Diabetes Management #2 #4
Home Health Care #4 #3
Preventable Hospitalizations #30 #29
Hospital Readmissions #44 #43
Hospice Care #44 #48
Hospital Deaths #50 #50
All Outcomes #17 #23
ICU Use #28 #25
Falls #10 #28
Hip Fracture #5 #4
Health Status #38 #36
Able-bodied #13 #12
Premature Death #10 #10
Teeth Extractions #15 #18
Poor Mental Health Days #23 #36
Multiple Chronic Conditions #47 #48
Cognition #26 #26
Depression #27 #9

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 Niagara Falls, NY 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 Niagara Falls is $26,895 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

55% of senior households in Niagara Falls earn less than $30,000 per year, while 4% 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 Niagara Falls is $15,625 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Niagara Falls is $14,941 Source: Census.gov ACS
12% of seniors in Niagara Falls, NY are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

18% of Niagara Falls seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

91% of seniors living in Niagara Falls speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
7% of the seniors in Niagara Falls are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

24% of senior homeowners in Niagara Falls have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • New York State Office for the Aging

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    2 Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12223
    Greg Olsen
    (844) 697-6321
    nysofa@ofa.state.ny.us
    Website
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Niagara County Office for the Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging
    111 Main Street
    Lockport, NY 14094
    Kenneth M. Genewick
    (716) 438-4020
    OFA@niagaracounty.com
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • New York State Office for the Aging

    Services Provided: Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    2 Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12223
    Michael Burgess
    (518) 474-4425
    nysofa@ofa.state.ny.us
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Time, M-F
  • Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    Website
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, EST Monday to Friday
  • Niagara County Office for the Aging/NY Connects

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    111 Main Street
    Lockport, NY 14094
    Ken Genewick
    (716) 438-3030
    nyconnects@niagaracounty.com
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Niagara County Social Services/Protective Services for Adults

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    Niagara Falls Office
    Niagara, NY 14303
    (716) 278-8621
    Website
    8 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday

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Sources

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.