Big Stone Gap, VA Senior Guide

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

  • 14% of the population of Big Stone Gap, VA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 30% of those seniors living in Big Stone Gap, VA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 9% of Big Stone Gap senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 35% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 16% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Big Stone Gap is $15,851/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Big Stone Gap senior is $30,396 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Virginia ranks 12th for Long Term Care and 28th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 89 working seniors in Big Stone Gap Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 23% of the seniors in Big Stone Gap are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (17%) working aged (69%) seniors (14%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

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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 Big Stone Gap, VA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 238 seniors living alone in Big Stone Gap. Of these, 79% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

84% of males 65 and older are married compared with 18% of females.
74% of females are widowed compared with 16% 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, 0% of Big Stone Gap senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 30% of Big Stone Gap senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

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 Virginia

Care TypeVirginia Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$659$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,408$1,492
Assisted Living$3,933$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,432$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,623$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,707$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,724$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 Virginia with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Virginia Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Virginia'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 DimensionVirginia 2011 RankVirginia 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#2#8
Choice of Setting & Provider#16#17
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#25#22
Support for Family Caregivers#32#45
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#23
Overall Rank#12#12

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 Virginia

Click here for an expanded view of Virginia'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 Virginia 2013 Rank Virginia 2015 Rank
Overall #23 #28
All Determinants #23 #31
Behaviors #29 #35
Smoking #19 #41
Chronic Drinking #29 #25
Obesity #37 #21
Underweight #25 #10
Physical Inactivity #38 #34
Dental Visit #6 #17
Pain Management #20 #40
Education #10 #12
Community #21 #30
Community & Environment - Macro #26 #26
Poverty #15 #11
Volunteerism #17 #19
Nursing Home Quality #38 #45
Community & Environment - Micro #12 #24
Food Insecurity #7 #8
Community Support #32 #32
Policy #26 #23
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #14 #14
Prescription Drug Coverage #39 #39
Geriatrician Shortfall #21 #18
Clinical Care #24 #22
Dedicated Health Care Provider #39 #29
Flu Vaccine #17 #26
Health Screenings #26 #13
Recommended Hospital Care #16 #2
Diabetes Management #14 #13
Home Health Care #23 #21
Preventable Hospitalizations #18 #22
Hospital Readmissions #27 #28
Hospice Care #35 #35
Hospital Deaths #42 #41
All Outcomes #19 #29
ICU Use #31 #42
Falls #10 #16
Hip Fracture #34 #33
Health Status #26 #23
Able-bodied #20 #16
Premature Death #28 #27
Teeth Extractions #16 #23
Poor Mental Health Days #5 #27
Multiple Chronic Conditions #26 #23
Cognition #31 #32
Depression #6 #18

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 Big Stone Gap, VA 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 Big Stone Gap is $30,396 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

48% of senior households in Big Stone Gap earn less than $30,000 per year, while 6% 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 Big Stone Gap is $15,851 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Big Stone Gap is $15,771 Source: Census.gov ACS
14% of seniors in Big Stone Gap, VA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

17% of Big Stone Gap seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

99% of seniors living in Big Stone Gap speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
3% of the seniors in Big Stone Gap 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

18% of senior homeowners in Big Stone Gap have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Virginia Department for the Aging

    Services Provided: Legal Services, State Agency on Aging
    1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
    Richmond, VA 23229
    Linda Naboo, Commissioner
    (804) 662-9333
    aging@vda.virginia.gov
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time
  • Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. (MEOC)

    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
    1501 Third Avenue East
    Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
    Michael Wampler
    (276) 523-4202
    info@meoc.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
  • Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling

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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.