Silver Book Fact

Americans 65 years of age and older in 2008

Americans 65 years of age and older numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13% since 1998.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2009profile_508.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2009
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Grandparents as primary caregiver
    About 471,000 grandparents age 65 or more had the primary responsibility for their grandchildren who lived with them.  
  • U.S. population over age 65 and over age 85 in 2006
    37 million (12% of the population) Americans were age 65 and older in 2006. This population grew from 3 million to 37 million over the 20th century. There were just…  
  • Number of older adults in cities, 2013
    In 2013, about 80 percent of older adults resided in metropolitan areas.  
  • Older Americans living below poverty line, 2013
    In 2013, 9.5% of older Americans were below the poverty line, an increase of 0.4% since 2012.  
  • 85+ population growth between 1900 and 2010
    The 85 and over population increased by 5.4 million between 1900 and 2010.