Facts about Seniors in Yarmouth, Maine

Thank you to Carolyn Paras, Economic and Community Planner for the Greater Portland Council of Governments, for supplying this information.

  • According to the 2000 Census, 1,391 persons aged 62 and over live in Yarmouth; about 93% live in a household, and 7% live in a nursing home. The elderly head 785 of Yarmouth’s households: 21% rent, and 79% own a home.
  • Approximately 44% of Yarmouth’s elderly households are of low to moderate income. This compares to 61% for elderly in the rest of the county.
  • Of Yarmouth’s elderly households, 43% of renters and 17% of homeowners have a mobility or self-care limitation. This means one or more persons has a long-lasting condition that substantially limits one or more basic physical activity (such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying) and/or a physical, mental, or emotional condition lasting more than six months that creates difficulty with dressing, bathing, or getting around inside the home.
  • Overall, 42% of elderly homeowners, and 29% of elderly renters in Yarmouth have a housing problem. A housing problem is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as one or more of the following:
    – Inadequate facilities
    – Overcrowding
    – Cost burden