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Older American population growth since 1900

Since 1900, the percentage of Americans age 65+ has more than tripled (from 4.1% in 1900 to 12.9% in 2009) and the number has increased almost thirteen times (from 3.1 million to 39.6 million).

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2010. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2010/3.aspx

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2010
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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  • Today's Older Population

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