Auburn, WA Senior Guide

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

  • 10% of the population of Auburn, WA are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 29% of those seniors living in Auburn, WA are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 5% of Auburn senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 18% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 23% of Auburn, WA residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Auburn is $18,156/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Auburn senior is $40,298 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Washington ranks 2nd for Long Term Care and 11th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 1,231 working seniors in Auburn Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 27% of the seniors in Auburn are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (23%) working aged (67%) seniors (10%)

(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 Auburn, WA.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 2,062 seniors living alone in Auburn. Of these, 71% 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 45% of females.
36% of females are widowed compared with 12% 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, 2% of Auburn senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 11% of Auburn senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

41% 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 Washington

Care TypeWashington Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$832$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,464$1,492
Assisted Living$4,625$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,507$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,576$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$8,078$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$8,803$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 Washington with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Washington Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Washington'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 DimensionWashington 2011 RankWashington 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#6#7
Choice of Setting & Provider#2#4
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#18#19
Support for Family Caregivers#2#7
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#4
Overall Rank#2#2

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 Washington

Click here for an expanded view of Washington'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 Washington 2013 Rank Washington 2015 Rank
Overall #15 #11
All Determinants #20 #10
Behaviors #19 #2
Smoking #7 #9
Chronic Drinking #39 #39
Obesity #27 #28
Underweight #22 #10
Physical Inactivity #4 #3
Dental Visit #16 #13
Pain Management #46 #5
Education #4 #4
Community #25 #23
Community & Environment - Macro #25 #15
Poverty #15 #21
Volunteerism #17 #11
Nursing Home Quality #18 #14
Community & Environment - Micro #19 #33
Food Insecurity #28 #23
Community Support #43 #43
Policy #28 #17
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #6 #6
Prescription Drug Coverage #46 #46
Geriatrician Shortfall #15 #18
Clinical Care #15 #26
Dedicated Health Care Provider #29 #29
Flu Vaccine #27 #32
Health Screenings #22 #34
Recommended Hospital Care #31 #23
Diabetes Management #26 #31
Home Health Care #34 #29
Preventable Hospitalizations #5 #6
Hospital Readmissions #11 #11
Hospice Care #27 #37
Hospital Deaths #13 #26
All Outcomes #11 #15
ICU Use #15 #18
Falls #33 #48
Hip Fracture #12 #3
Health Status #12 #14
Able-bodied #32 #31
Premature Death #12 #11
Teeth Extractions #5 #3
Poor Mental Health Days #9 #21
Multiple Chronic Conditions #10 #10
Cognition #32 #33
Depression #19 #47

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 Auburn, WA 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 Auburn is $40,298 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

33% of senior households in Auburn earn less than $30,000 per year, while 11% 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 Auburn is $18,156 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Auburn is $20,267 Source: Census.gov ACS
15% of seniors in Auburn, WA are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

26% of Auburn seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

86% of seniors living in Auburn speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
5% of the seniors in Auburn 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

34% of senior homeowners in Auburn have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Washington Aging & Disability Services Administration

    Services Provided: Information and Assistance, State Agency on Aging
    640 Woodland Square Loop S.E.
    Lacey, WA 98503
    Kathy Leitch
    (360) 725-2300
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Pacific Time, M-F (closed holidays)
  • Aging and Disability Services (ADS), Seattle/King County

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    700 5th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98124
    Pamela Piering
    (206) 684-0660
    aginginfo@seattle.gov
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Pacific Time
  • Senior Information and Assistance

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention, Information and Assistance
    2208 Second Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98121
    Denise Klein
    (206) 448-3110
    info@seniorservices.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Pacific Time
  • Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) HelpLine

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

    Services Provided: American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    39015 172nd Avenue S.E.
    Auburn, WA 98002
    Wendy Burdette Title VI Director Seniors Program
    253-876-3259
  • Dept. of Social and Health Services/Adult Abuse and Prevention

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention

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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.