Rutland, VT Senior Guide

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

  • 17% of the population of Rutland, VT are seniors Source:
  • 38% of those seniors living in Rutland, VT are living alone Source:
  • 8% of Rutland senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 33% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 26% of Rutland, VT residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Rutland is $15,673/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Rutland senior is $27,723 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Vermont ranks 20th for Long Term Care and 1st for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 367 working seniors in Rutland Source: ACS
  • 20% of the seniors in Rutland are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (17%) working aged (66%) seniors (17%)

(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 Rutland, VT.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 1,081 seniors living alone in Rutland. Of these, 77% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

67% of males 65 and older are married compared with 34% of females.
42% of females are widowed compared with 12% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Rutland senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 20% of Rutland 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 Vermont

Care TypeVermont Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$4,020$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 Vermont with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Vermont Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

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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 DimensionVermont 2011 RankVermont 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#19#15
Choice of Setting & Provider#4#8
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#30#17
Support for Family Caregivers#39#12
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#5
Overall Rank#20#20

Data from - 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 Vermont

Click here for an expanded view of Vermont'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 Vermont 2013 Rank Vermont 2015 Rank
Overall #2 #1
All Determinants #2 #1
Behaviors #6 #4
Smoking #2 #10
Chronic Drinking #39 #35
Obesity #14 #12
Underweight #13 #10
Physical Inactivity #8 #6
Dental Visit #19 #12
Pain Management #37 #28
Education #2 #2
Community #8 #2
Community & Environment - Macro #12 #7
Poverty #8 #7
Volunteerism #9 #9
Nursing Home Quality #5 #11
Community & Environment - Micro #6 #4
Food Insecurity #15 #10
Community Support #5 #5
Policy #8 #5
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #7 #7
Prescription Drug Coverage #29 #29
Geriatrician Shortfall #14 #15
Clinical Care #1 #13
Dedicated Health Care Provider #3 #9
Flu Vaccine #10 #18
Health Screenings #12 #10
Recommended Hospital Care #1 #10
Diabetes Management #29 #34
Home Health Care #5 #6
Preventable Hospitalizations #7 #12
Hospital Readmissions #6 #6
Hospice Care #46 #46
Hospital Deaths #20 #39
All Outcomes #9 #9
ICU Use #1 #2
Falls #34 #43
Hip Fracture #16 #12
Health Status #1 #3
Able-bodied #17 #8
Premature Death #14 #23
Teeth Extractions #28 #30
Poor Mental Health Days #19 #9
Multiple Chronic Conditions #5 #7
Cognition #25 #16
Depression #42 #44

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 Rutland, VT 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 Rutland is $27,723 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

57% of senior households in Rutland earn less than $30,000 per year, while 3% 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 Rutland is $15,673 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Rutland is $16,522 Source: ACS
13% of seniors in Rutland, VT are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

25% of Rutland seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



94% of seniors living in Rutland speak English at home. Source: ACS
8% of the seniors in Rutland are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

28% of senior homeowners in Rutland have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    264 North Winooski Avenue
    Burlington, VT 05402
    Michael Benvenuto
    (802) 863-5620
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    HC 2 South
    Waterbury, VT 05671
    Monica Hutt, Commisioner
    (802) 241-2401
    7:45 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday excluding state holidays
  • Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance
    160 Benmont Avenue
    Rutland, VT 05701
    Dana McMahon (they have 5 co-directors)
    (802) 786-5990
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Vermont Legal Aid Senior Law Project

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    57 North Main Street
    Rutland, VT 05701
  • Brain Injury Association of Vermont

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    92 South Main Street
    Waterbury, VT 05676
    Trevor Squirrell
    (802) 244-6850
    9:00 am- 4:00 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Vermont 2-1-1

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    United Ways of Vermont
    Essex Junction, VT 05453
    MaryEllen Mendl
    (802) 861-0146
    24/7 days a week
  • Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) - ADRC

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    11 East State Street
    Montpelier, VT 05602

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Sources - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years. 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.