Jefferson, WI Senior Guide

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

  • 16% of the population of Jefferson, WI are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 33% of those seniors living in Jefferson, WI are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 5% of Jefferson senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 26% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 14% of Jefferson, WI residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Jefferson is $19,627/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Jefferson senior is $29,259 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Wisconsin ranks 5th for Long Term Care and 7th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 219 working seniors in Jefferson Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 19% of the seniors in Jefferson are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (63%) seniors (16%)

(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 Jefferson, WI.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 414 seniors living alone in Jefferson. Of these, 77% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

64% of males 65 and older are married compared with 32% of females.
51% 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, 1% of Jefferson senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 13% of Jefferson senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

3% 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 Wisconsin

Care TypeWisconsin Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$763$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,408$1,492
Assisted Living$3,980$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,004$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,195$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$7,505$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$8,292$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 Wisconsin with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Wisconsin Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Wisconsin'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 DimensionWisconsin 2011 RankWisconsin 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#16#18
Choice of Setting & Provider#11#7
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#9#7
Support for Family Caregivers#17#14
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#13
Overall Rank#5#5

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 Wisconsin

Click here for an expanded view of Wisconsin'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 Wisconsin 2013 Rank Wisconsin 2015 Rank
Overall #19 #7
All Determinants #24 #12
Behaviors #38 #28
Smoking #31 #3
Chronic Drinking #42 #30
Obesity #38 #50
Underweight #13 #33
Physical Inactivity #38 #13
Dental Visit #13 #3
Pain Management #23 #39
Education #34 #35
Community #14 #9
Community & Environment - Macro #8 #6
Poverty #10 #17
Volunteerism #8 #6
Nursing Home Quality #17 #8
Community & Environment - Micro #21 #9
Food Insecurity #10 #2
Community Support #16 #22
Policy #41 #37
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #26 #26
Prescription Drug Coverage #49 #49
Geriatrician Shortfall #16 #14
Clinical Care #10 #5
Dedicated Health Care Provider #15 #18
Flu Vaccine #42 #48
Health Screenings #18 #9
Recommended Hospital Care #22 #13
Diabetes Management #4 #3
Home Health Care #10 #8
Preventable Hospitalizations #13 #14
Hospital Readmissions #14 #15
Hospice Care #25 #19
Hospital Deaths #10 #7
All Outcomes #16 #2
ICU Use #7 #7
Falls #41 #1
Hip Fracture #12 #8
Health Status #25 #24
Able-bodied #3 #4
Premature Death #19 #25
Teeth Extractions #22 #13
Poor Mental Health Days #14 #2
Multiple Chronic Conditions #16 #20
Cognition #5 #6
Depression #9 #3

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 Jefferson, WI 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 Jefferson is $29,259 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

51% of senior households in Jefferson earn less than $30,000 per year, while 8% 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 Jefferson is $19,627 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Jefferson is $17,681 Source: Census.gov ACS
16% of seniors in Jefferson, WI are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

14% of Jefferson seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

97% of seniors living in Jefferson speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
19% of the seniors in Jefferson 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 Jefferson have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Bureau of Aging & Disability Resources

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    1 West Wilson Street
    Madison, WI 53707
    Carrie Molke
    (608) 266-2536
    dhsdltcaging@wisconsin.gov
    Website
    8:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance
    1414 MacArthur Rd.
    Madison, WI 53714
    Robert Kellerman
    (608) 243-5670
    jayne.mullins@gwaar.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Jefferson County Elderly Services

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Legal Services
    1541 Annex Road
    Jefferson, WI 53549
    Sue Torum
    (920) 674-8734
    adrc@jeffersoncountywi.gov
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Wisconsin SHIP

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Board on Aging & Long Term Care

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman
    1402 Pankratz Street Suite 111
    Madison, WI 53704
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center of Jefferson County

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    1541 Annex Road
    Jefferson, WI 53549
    Sue Torum
    (920) 674-8734
    adrc@jeffersoncountywi.gov
    Website
    8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    (855) 409-9410
    guardian@gwaar.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Excluding holidays.

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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.