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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.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2014; 2015. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2014-Profile.pdf. Accessed July 1, 2015

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2014
Publication Date
2015
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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