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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 and older group (5.7 million) was 47 times larger.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2009/docs/2009profile_508.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2009
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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