Another beautiful day in the Truckee Meadows!
Another beautiful day in the Truckee Meadows!


Washoe County Senior Services
Master Plan Development Office
1155 E. Ninth Street
Reno NV 89512

The National Association of Counties (NACo) 2014 Achievement Award in Planning

How Does Washoe County Compare to other Similar Counties?

 Total Population by County 2010
Source: United States Census Bureau

This graph reflects the total 2010 populations for the seven different counties; Washoe NV, Laramie WY, Spokane WA, Lane OR, Ada ID, Hillsborough NH, and Polk IA.


Percent Age 60+ by County 2010
Source: United States Census Bureau

This graph reflects the percent of the total 2010 county population who are age 60+.


Median Age by County 2012

These figures reflect the median age for each of the 7 counties for 2012.


Percent Age 60+ Living ALone by State 2011

Source: Administration on Aging : AGing Integrated Database

The graph above represents the percentage of individuals who are age 60+ and live alone in the seven different counties. This data is based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2007-2011 data.


Life Expectancy by County 2010
Source: Wang H, Schumacher AE, Levitz CE, Mokdad AH, Murray CJL. Left behind: widening disparities for males and females in US county life expectancy, 1985-2010. Population Health Metrics. 2013; 11:8

It is illustrated in this graph the median life expectancy of citizens in the seven counties according to gender.


Senior Health Ranking by State 2013
Source: America's Health Rankings 

This chart is based on the America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report for seniors who are age 65+ done by the United Health Foundation. Each states ranking is based on 34 measures for determinants and outcomes. Determinants affect the future health of the population while outcomes have already occurred by death or disease. The chart is shown with the highest number representing the state with the best overall health.


Limitations Age 65+ by State 2010
Source: CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

This chart identifies the percent of seniors who are age 65+ who have limited activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems in each county’s respective state in 2010. The data was gathered from questions asked through a telephone land line survey.


Poverty Rate for Age 65+ by State 2011
Source: Levinson Z, Damico Z, Cubanski J, Neuman P. A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors: Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure

This chart shows the supplemental poverty measure of each state’s population who are ages 65 or more for 2009-2011.  The supplemental poverty measure was first released in 2011 by the Census Bureau.  It was developed to take in account expenses on basic necessities. Adjustments are then made based on homeownership status and differences in housing prices in a given region.  Furthermore, value of tax credits and government benefits received are added to monetary income and deductions are made for job-related expenses, taxes from income, and out of pocket expenses for health care.


Threat of Hunger Age 60+ by State 2010
Source: Ziliak J, Gundersen C. The State of Senior Hunger in America 2011: An Annual Report.

This report prepared for the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger in August 2013. The threat of hunger is categorized when a person is “marginally food insecure” as defined by the Core Food Security Module (CFSM). The CFSM is a set of questions asked of seniors who are age 60+.


Est. Poor Transit Access for Age 65-79 by County 2015
Source: Transportation for America

This chart represents the estimated percent of the population living in each county between the ages of 65-79 who will have poor transit access in 2015. Spokane County, WA and Polk County, IA were excluded from the rankings for inaccurate or lack of data on public transportation. Poor transit is defined for this study as the average number of bus, rail, or ferry routes within walking distance of a senior’s home.


Ave. Certified Nursing Facility Deficiencies by State 2011
Source: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

This chart represents the average deficiency per certified nursing facility in the state for 2011. A deficiency is given to nursing facilities for problems which can result in a negative impact on the health and safety of residents. The national average is 8.4 deficiencies per certified nursing facility.


Federal Subsidized Housing by State 2011
Source: AARP

This chart is based on the State Housing Profiles 2011. This data was obtained from HUD’s Multifamily Assistance and Section 8 Contracts Database in 2008. This chart shows that for every 1000 people who are age 50+ there are X number of privately owned federally subsidized rental housing units. In this calculation § 202 and § 8 housing are included. Even though the data included all populations who are age 50+ it is relevant because these subsidized rental housing units can provide affordable housing for impoverished seniors.