Silver Book Fact

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. 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

  • Older population by race, 2006-2008
    In 2006–2008, Whites represented 88.1 percent of the total 90-andover population. Blacks represented 7.6 percent of the 90-and-over population and Asians represented 2.2 percent. About 4 percent of the 90-and-older population reported themselves to be…  
  • Total population and older population: United States, 1950-2050
    Total population and older population: United States, 1950-2050  
  • 65 and older population since 1900
    Since 1900, the 65 and older population has doubled 3 times.  
  • Labor force participation by older women
    In 2014, over 9 percent of women aged 65+ were in the labor force.  
  • 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…