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Older population in the US, 1900-2008

The older population in the U.S. is growing older.  In 2008, the 65-74 age group was 9.5 times larger than in 1900.  In contrast, the 75-84 age group was 17 times larger than in 1900 and the 85+ group was 46 times larger.

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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