Mechanicsburg, PA Senior Guide

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

  • 16% of the population of Mechanicsburg, PA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 30% of those seniors living in Mechanicsburg, PA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 1% of Mechanicsburg senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 16% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 12% of Mechanicsburg, PA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Mechanicsburg is $17,815/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Mechanicsburg senior is $51,591 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Pennsylvania ranks 39th for Long Term Care and 25th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 301 working seniors in Mechanicsburg Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 23% of the seniors in Mechanicsburg are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (18%) working aged (66%) 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 Mechanicsburg, PA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 416 seniors living alone in Mechanicsburg. Of these, 73% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

83% of males 65 and older are married compared with 45% of females.
33% of females are widowed compared with 9% 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 Mechanicsburg senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 10% of Mechanicsburg senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

4% 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 Pennsylvania

Care TypePennsylvania Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$726$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,300$1,492
Assisted Living$3,555$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,899$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,993$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$8,790$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$9,429$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 Pennsylvania with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Pennsylvania Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Pennsylvania'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 DimensionPennsylvania 2011 RankPennsylvania 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#47#46
Choice of Setting & Provider#12#25
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#22#37
Support for Family Caregivers#46#36
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#28
Overall Rank#39#39

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 Pennsylvania

Click here for an expanded view of Pennsylvania'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 Pennsylvania 2013 Rank Pennsylvania 2015 Rank
Overall #17 #25
All Determinants #10 #21
Behaviors #16 #43
Smoking #25 #39
Chronic Drinking #13 #26
Obesity #43 #45
Underweight #3 #18
Physical Inactivity #27 #40
Dental Visit #26 #31
Pain Management #18 #33
Education #39 #39
Community #26 #26
Community & Environment - Macro #27 #31
Poverty #25 #24
Volunteerism #25 #22
Nursing Home Quality #35 #37
Community & Environment - Micro #25 #15
Food Insecurity #30 #13
Community Support #6 #6
Policy #2 #4
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #5 #5
Prescription Drug Coverage #15 #15
Geriatrician Shortfall #5 #6
Clinical Care #14 #14
Dedicated Health Care Provider #2 #5
Flu Vaccine #20 #34
Health Screenings #23 #15
Recommended Hospital Care #8 #5
Diabetes Management #25 #11
Home Health Care #18 #13
Preventable Hospitalizations #34 #35
Hospital Readmissions #29 #28
Hospice Care #22 #26
Hospital Deaths #25 #19
All Outcomes #30 #33
ICU Use #44 #39
Falls #17 #14
Hip Fracture #12 #17
Health Status #30 #33
Able-bodied #23 #20
Premature Death #34 #33
Teeth Extractions #31 #33
Poor Mental Health Days #36 #36
Multiple Chronic Conditions #45 #43
Cognition #17 #16
Depression #34 #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 Mechanicsburg, PA 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 Mechanicsburg is $51,591 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

27% of senior households in Mechanicsburg earn less than $30,000 per year, while 11% 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 Mechanicsburg is $17,815 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Mechanicsburg is $23,804 Source: Census.gov ACS
21% of seniors in Mechanicsburg, PA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

25% of Mechanicsburg seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

99% of seniors living in Mechanicsburg speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
4% of the seniors in Mechanicsburg 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

22% of senior homeowners in Mechanicsburg have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Pennsylvania Department of Aging

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    555 Walnut Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17101
    Teresa Osborne- Secretary of Aging
    (717) 783-1550
    aging@pa.gov
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Cumberland County Aging and Community Services

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Legal Services
    1100 Claremont Road
    Carlisle, PA 17015
    Sandra Gurreri
    (717) 240-6110
    aging@ccpa.net
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • North Penn Legal Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    559 Main Street
    Bethlehem, PA 18018
  • Mid-Penn Legal Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    3500 East College Avenue
    State College, PA 16801
  • Pennsylvania Senior Law Helpline

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    100 South Broad Street Ste. 1810
    Philadelphia, PA 19110
    (215) 988-1244
    Website
    Monday through Thursday from 10AM to 2PM
  • Elder Abuse Hotline

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
  • APPRISE

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    Website
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Eastern Time, M-F
  • Cumberland Link to Aging and Disability Resources

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    1100 Claremont Road
    Carlisle, PA 17015
    Virginia Monstede
    (717) 240-7887
    thelink@ccpa.net
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Cumberland Link to Aging and Disability Resources

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance
    1100 Claremont Road
    Carlisle, PA 17015
    Virginia Monstede
    (717) 240-7887
    thelink@ccpa.net
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 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.