Silver Book Fact

Older American population

About 1 in 8 (12.4%) of the population is an older American.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2011. Washington, DC: Administration on Aging, HHS; 2012. https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/learn/demographics/a-profile-of-older-americans-2011-aarp.pdf. Accessed June 30, 2015

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2011
Publisher
Administration on Aging, HHS
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Increase in 60+ population between 2003 and 2013
    The number of Americans aged 60 and over increased from 48.1 million in 2003 to 62.8 million in 2013.  
  • 85+ population growth between 1900 and 2010
    The 85 and over population increased by 5.4 million between 1900 and 2010.  
  • Persons 65+ as a percentage of total population by state, 2013
     
  • Disability Increases with Age
    Disability increases with age. In 2014, 42 percent of people age 85 and over reported any disability, compared with 17 percent of people ages 65–74. People age 85 and over…  
  • 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.