Elizabethton, TN Senior Guide

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

  • 19% of the population of Elizabethton, TN are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 32% of those seniors living in Elizabethton, TN are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 9% of Elizabethton senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 37% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 27% of Elizabethton, TN residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Elizabethton is $15,703/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Elizabethton senior is $23,861 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Tennessee ranks 45th for Long Term Care and 44th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 284 working seniors in Elizabethton Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 24% of the seniors in Elizabethton are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (18%) working aged (62%) seniors (19%)

(as of 2010)

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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 Elizabethton, TN.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 874 seniors living alone in Elizabethton. Of these, 77% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

70% of males 65 and older are married compared with 38% of females.
46% of females are widowed compared with 14% 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, 1% of Elizabethton senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 8% of Elizabethton senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

19% 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 Tennessee

Care TypeTennessee Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,395$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 Tennessee with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Tennessee Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Tennessee'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 DimensionTennessee 2011 RankTennessee 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#42#43
Choice of Setting & Provider#47#49
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#48#31
Support for Family Caregivers#26#48
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#44
Overall Rank#45#45

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 Tennessee

Click here for an expanded view of Tennessee'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 Tennessee 2013 Rank Tennessee 2015 Rank
Overall #42 #44
All Determinants #38 #43
Behaviors #41 #39
Smoking #41 #43
Chronic Drinking #2 #1
Obesity #24 #34
Underweight #9 #37
Physical Inactivity #50 #48
Dental Visit #39 #42
Pain Management #40 #9
Education #43 #42
Community #35 #47
Community & Environment - Macro #42 #42
Poverty #39 #36
Volunteerism #40 #38
Nursing Home Quality #43 #43
Community & Environment - Micro #29 #50
Food Insecurity #46 #47
Community Support #42 #41
Policy #24 #22
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #23 #23
Prescription Drug Coverage #12 #12
Geriatrician Shortfall #44 #46
Clinical Care #35 #32
Dedicated Health Care Provider #25 #14
Flu Vaccine #5 #2
Health Screenings #24 #31
Recommended Hospital Care #22 #17
Diabetes Management #15 #14
Home Health Care #39 #43
Preventable Hospitalizations #46 #46
Hospital Readmissions #41 #38
Hospice Care #40 #39
Hospital Deaths #45 #37
All Outcomes #43 #43
ICU Use #37 #38
Falls #2 #23
Hip Fracture #47 #48
Health Status #43 #46
Able-bodied #42 #41
Premature Death #43 #43
Teeth Extractions #49 #46
Poor Mental Health Days #36 #27
Multiple Chronic Conditions #36 #36
Cognition #45 #43
Depression #46 #28

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 Elizabethton, TN 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 Elizabethton is $23,861 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

60% of senior households in Elizabethton 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 Elizabethton is $15,703 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Elizabethton is $18,036 Source: Census.gov ACS
9% of seniors in Elizabethton, TN are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

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

Highest Level of Education



98% of seniors living in Elizabethton speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
7% of the seniors in Elizabethton 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

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

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    Andrew Jackson Building
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Jim Shulman
    (615) 741-2056
    8:00-4:30 Central Time
  • First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance
    3211 North Roan Street
    Johnson City, TN 37601
    Kathy T. Whitaker
    (423) 928-0224
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Legal of Aid East Tennessee, Inc.

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    311 West Walnut Street, Suite 100
    Johnson, TN 37605
    Eric Miller
    (423) 928-8311
  • Tennessee Department of Health

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243
  • State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    502 Deaderick Street, 9th Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
  • Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    (877) 801-0044
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • First Tennessee AAAD

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    First Tennessee Development District
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    Kathy Taylor Whitaker
    (423) 928-0224
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Department of Human Services/Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday - Friday. After-hours calls are returned the next business day.

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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.