Silver Book Fact

Older Americans as percentage of population

More than 1 in 8 (12.9%) of the US population is an older American.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2010. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2010profile.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2010
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Percent of population in five age groups: United States, 1950, 2004, and 2050
    Percent of population in five age groups: United States, 1950, 2004, and 2050  
  • Increase in 65+ Americans between 1994 and 2004
    There were 36.3 million Americans age 65 and older in 2004, an increase of 3.1 million (9.3%) since 1994.  
  • Increase in American population 45-64
    The number of Americans aged 45-64, who will turn 65 years old over the next two decades, increased by 31% during this decade.  
  • Income of households headed by older adults
    In 2013, households headed by persons 65+ had a median income of $51,486.  
  • Centennials in U.S., 2013
    In 2013, there were 67,347 centennials living in the United States.