Silver Book Fact

Aging of the U.S. population from 1950 to 2004

Between 1950 and 2004, the U.S. population got older. During that time, the under 18 population fell from 31% to 25% of the total population; while the 55-64 population grew from 9% to 10%, the 65-74 population stayed at about 6%, and the 75 and older population grew from 3% to 6% of the total population.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2005: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2005. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus05.pdf

Reference

Title
Health, United States, 2005: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Older American education levels
    Among the 90-and-older population, about one-third (33.7 percent) stopped after high school graduation. Nearly 28 percent continued their education beyond high school, about half of whom completed a bachelor’s degree…  
  • Labor force participation by older men
    In 2014, over 20 percent of men 65+ were in the labor force.  
  • Americans 65 years of age and older in 2008
    Americans 65 years of age and older numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13% since 1998.  
  • Common medical conditions in older Americans
    The most common medical condition among older Americans between 2011 and 2013 was diagnosed arthritis, followed by heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.  
  • Falls among older adults
    An older adults suffers a fall that requires an emergency room visit every 15 seconds. Every 29 minutes, an older American dies as a result of a fall.