Silver Book Fact

Older American population

About 1 in 8 (12.4%) of the population is an older American.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2011. Washington, DC: Administration on Aging, HHS; 2012. https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/learn/demographics/a-profile-of-older-americans-2011-aarp.pdf. Accessed June 30, 2015

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2011
Publisher
Administration on Aging, HHS
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Older population living in long-term care facilities
    The ratio of the 65 and older population living in long-term care facilities has decreased.  
  • Increase in older population, 1900-2014
    There were 13 times more older Americans in 2014 than there were in 1900 – an increase from 3.1 million to 44.7 million.  
  • Growth of older population by age group, 1990-2008
    In 2008, the 65-74 age group (20.1 million) was over 9 times larger than in 1900. In contrast, the 75-84 group (13 million) was 17 times larger and the 85…  
  • 65+ population in 2006
    The population of Americans 65 years and older was 37.3 million in 2006– 1 in 8 Americans.  
  • Centennials in U.S., 2013
    In 2013, there were 67,347 centennials living in the United States.