Senior Demographics

A Snapshot of Older Adults in Orange County

As of 2010, there are 496,404 people 60 years and older living in Orange County (16.5% of the total county population)

  • White = 65.7%
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders = 17.5%
  • Hispanic = 14.2%
  • Other = 2.5%
  • Source: U. S. Census 2010
  • There are 766,000 Baby Boomers in Orange County (people born between 1946 and 1964) and they began turning 60 in 2006
  • The largest percentage of growth in the older adult (60+) population since 2000 came in the 60-64 age cohort, with an increase of 52.2 percent.
    • 65-74 cohort increased 26.1%
    • 75-84 cohort increased by 15%
    • 85+ cohort increased by 45.2%
    • Source: U.S. Census 2010
  • In 2009, the median household income of Orange County’s older adult population was $47,992, approximately $24,000 less than the county median of $71,865. (Source: 2011 Community Indicators)
  • The median payment from Social Security was $12,461, and the maximum Supplemental Security Income payment was $10,440. (Source: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)
  • Of the 25,000 people assisted through the Orange County Housing Authority rental assistance programs, 69% are elderly and disabled.
  • 2000 and 2009, poverty among Orange County’s older adults increased an average of 3 percent each year, compared to 1 percent statewide.
  • The total number of older adults in Orange County who are considered economically insecure by virtue of falling below the Elder Index (reflects actual costs at the county level for housing, health care, food, transportation, and other costs in different housing types) is estimated to be 137,000, 44% of the total 65+ population of the County.
    • 8 out of 10 Latino elders
    • 7 out of 10 Asian elders
    • Source: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
  • 79 percent of older adults in Orange County own their own homes
    Source: 2011 OC Community Indicators
  • 343,308 households have one or more persons age 60 and older (34.6 percent of households in the County); this includes 98,819 who are living alone.
    Source: U.S. Census 2010
  • As of June 2011, more than 20,000 individuals were receiving In-Home Supportive Services through the County of Orange Social Services Agency; nearly 14,000 of them – 70 percent of the total – are older adults age 60+.
    Source: Orange County 2011 Community Indicators
  • Of the 384,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Orange County, approximately 57,000 are 65 or older. The number of older adults receiving Medi-Cal has grown steadily for seven years at almost 5 percent per year.
    Source: Orange County 2011 Community Indicators
  • Elder abuse reports to Adult Protective Services rose 15 percent in 2009/10.
    Source: Orange County 2011 Community Indicators