Milwaukee, WI Senior Guide

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

  • 9% of the population of Milwaukee, WI are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 35% of those seniors living in Milwaukee, WI are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 8% of Milwaukee senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 33% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 17% of Milwaukee, WI residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Milwaukee is $15,138/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Milwaukee senior is $28,625 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 6,981 working seniors in Milwaukee Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 19% of the seniors in Milwaukee are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (24%) working aged (67%) seniors (9%)

(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 Milwaukee, WI.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 18,862 seniors living alone in Milwaukee. Of these, 68% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

58% of males 65 and older are married compared with 31% of females.
42% of females are widowed compared with 17% 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 Milwaukee senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 26% of Milwaukee senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

37% 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 Milwaukee, 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 Milwaukee is $28,625 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

52% of senior households in Milwaukee earn less than $30,000 per year, while 7% 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 Milwaukee is $15,138 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Milwaukee is $18,225 Source: Census.gov ACS
13% of seniors in Milwaukee, WI are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

19% of Milwaukee seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

87% of seniors living in Milwaukee speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
4% of the seniors in Milwaukee 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

36% of senior homeowners in Milwaukee 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
  • Milwaukee County Department on Aging

    Services Provided: Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance
    1220 West Vliet Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53205
    Holly Davis
    (414) 289-6010
    agewebinfo@milwaukeecountywi.gov
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday through Friday
  • Senior Law of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    230 West Wells Street, Suite 800
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    Mathiew Hayes
    (414) 278-1222
    mvh@legalaction.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F Walk in Hours: Tuesday: 9:00 am - Noon Thursday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Wisconsin SHIP

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Aging Resource Center of Milwaukee County

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Elder Abuse Prevention
    1220 West Vliet Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53205
    Steven Peterson - Program Coordinator
    (414) 289-6874
    agewebinfo@milwaukeecountywi.gov
    Website
    7:00 am - 5:00 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
  • Disability Resource Center of Milwaukee County

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
    1220 W. Vliet Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53205
    Karin Bachman
    (414) 289-6660
    DSD@milwcnty.com
    Website
    8:00 am - 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.