Sterling, VA Senior Guide

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

  • 7% of the population of Sterling, VA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 28% of those seniors living in Sterling, VA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 10% of Sterling senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 16% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of Sterling, VA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Sterling is $15,608/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Sterling senior is $56,369 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 664 working seniors in Sterling Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 21% of the seniors in Sterling are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (71%) seniors (7%)

(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 Sterling, VA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 553 seniors living alone in Sterling. Of these, 75% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

77% of males 65 and older are married compared with 35% of females.
40% of females are widowed compared with 13% 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, 5% of Sterling senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 15% of Sterling senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

72% 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 Sterling, 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 Sterling is $56,369 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

27% of senior households in Sterling earn less than $30,000 per year, while 25% 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 Sterling is $15,608 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Sterling is $28,869 Source: Census.gov ACS
31% of seniors in Sterling, VA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

31% of Sterling seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

73% of seniors living in Sterling speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
13% of the seniors in Sterling 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

52% of senior homeowners in Sterling 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 Aging and Rehabilitative Services

    Services Provided: Legal Services, State Agency on Aging
    1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
    Richmond, VA 23229
    Marcia DuBois
    (804) 662-9333
    aging@dars.virginia.gov
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Eastern Time Monday to F
  • Fairfax Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    12011 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    Sharon Lynn
    (703) 324-5411
    fairfax_aaa@fairfaxcounty.gov
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance
    20145 Ashbrook Place
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    Dr. Lynn Reid
    (703) 777-0257
    tricia.budine@loudoun.gov
    Website
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Adult Protective Services

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    801 East Main Street
    Richmond, VA 23219
  • Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    12011 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    Laura Nichols
    (703) 324-5861
    nvltcop@FairfaxCounty.gov
    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.