Sweetwater, TN Senior Guide

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

  • 21% of the population of Sweetwater, TN are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 30% of those seniors living in Sweetwater, TN are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 12% of Sweetwater senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 39% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 33% of Sweetwater, TN residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Sweetwater is $17,503/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Sweetwater senior is $30,714 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 155 working seniors in Sweetwater Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of the seniors in Sweetwater are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (59%) seniors (21%)

(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 Sweetwater, TN.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 354 seniors living alone in Sweetwater. Of these, 77% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

76% of males 65 and older are married compared with 45% of females.
46% of females are widowed compared with 10% 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, 4% of Sweetwater senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 14% of Sweetwater senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

0% 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 Sweetwater, 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 Sweetwater is $30,714 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

49% of senior households in Sweetwater earn less than $30,000 per year, while 7% 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 Sweetwater is $17,503 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Sweetwater is $16,155 Source: Census.gov ACS
11% of seniors in Sweetwater, TN are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

4% of Sweetwater seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education



100% of seniors living in Sweetwater speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
21% of the seniors in Sweetwater 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

31% of senior homeowners in Sweetwater 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
  • East 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, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    9111 Cross Park Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37923
    Aaron Bradley
    (865) 691-2551
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Time Monday to Friday
  • 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
  • Monroe County Office On Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance
    144 College Street South
    Madisonville, TN 37354
    Frances Maxwell
    (423) 442-9666
    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.