Eugene, OR Senior Guide

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

  • 13% of the population of Eugene, OR are seniors Source:
  • 34% of those seniors living in Eugene, OR are living alone Source:
  • 7% of Eugene senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 25% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 20% of Eugene, OR residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Eugene is $17,147/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Eugene senior is $37,294 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Oregon ranks 3rd for Long Term Care and 9th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 3,101 working seniors in Eugene Source: ACS
  • 23% of the seniors in Eugene are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (16%) working aged (71%) seniors (13%)

(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 Eugene, OR.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 6,796 seniors living alone in Eugene. Of these, 74% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

69% of males 65 and older are married compared with 38% of females.
38% of females are widowed compared with 12% 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 Eugene senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

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



Units in Rental Building

37% 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 Oregon

Care TypeOregon Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,880$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 Oregon with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Oregon Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Oregon'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 DimensionOregon 2011 RankOregon 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#26#20
Choice of Setting & Provider#5#5
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#13#13
Support for Family Caregivers#1#14
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#1
Overall Rank#3#3

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 Oregon

Click here for an expanded view of Oregon'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 Oregon 2013 Rank Oregon 2015 Rank
Overall #13 #9
All Determinants #17 #7
Behaviors #31 #10
Smoking #31 #14
Chronic Drinking #39 #48
Obesity #19 #18
Underweight #41 #33
Physical Inactivity #3 #1
Dental Visit #20 #20
Pain Management #31 #13
Education #14 #11
Community #22 #19
Community & Environment - Macro #28 #11
Poverty #19 #19
Volunteerism #14 #13
Nursing Home Quality #22 #7
Community & Environment - Micro #9 #35
Food Insecurity #18 #37
Community Support #33 #36
Policy #18 #7
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #8 #8
Prescription Drug Coverage #34 #34
Geriatrician Shortfall #25 #22
Clinical Care #16 #12
Dedicated Health Care Provider #25 #23
Flu Vaccine #48 #43
Health Screenings #29 #15
Recommended Hospital Care #41 #43
Diabetes Management #21 #32
Home Health Care #30 #28
Preventable Hospitalizations #3 #4
Hospital Readmissions #4 #3
Hospice Care #7 #13
Hospital Deaths #9 #15
All Outcomes #12 #10
ICU Use #3 #4
Falls #25 #3
Hip Fracture #16 #17
Health Status #7 #5
Able-bodied #33 #37
Premature Death #18 #19
Teeth Extractions #11 #17
Poor Mental Health Days #19 #41
Multiple Chronic Conditions #6 #4
Cognition #28 #36
Depression #49 #50

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 Eugene, OR 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 Eugene is $37,294 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

40% of senior households in Eugene 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 Eugene is $17,147 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Eugene is $26,729 Source: ACS
15% of seniors in Eugene, OR are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

40% of Eugene seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



95% of seniors living in Eugene speak English at home. Source: ACS
5% of the seniors in Eugene are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

38% of senior homeowners in Eugene have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Aging & Peoples With Disabilities- State Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    500 Summer Street Northeast
    Salem, OR 97301
    Fariborz Pakseresht
    (503) 945-5600
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior and Disability Services, A Division of Lane Council of Governments

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging
    1015 Willamette Street
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Jody Cline
    (541) 682-4038
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time Monday to Friday
  • Oregon Department of Human Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    500 Summer Street NE E 25
    Salem, OR 97301
    (503) 945-5944
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time Monday to Friday
  • Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    376 East 11th Avenue
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Jean Beachdel, Program Coordinator
    (541) 485-1017
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon-Elders Program

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    PO Box 549
    Siletz, OR 97380
    Cecelia de Anda
    (541) 444-2532
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Pacific Time Monday to Friday
  • Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    3855 Wolverine St. NE, Suite 6
    Salem, OR 97305
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Pacific Time Monday to Friday
  • Department of Human Services- Adult Protective Services (APS)

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention

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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.