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Growth of U.S. older population between 1900 and 2008

The U.S. population of those aged 65 and over grew from 3 million in 1900 to over 39 million in 2008.  During the same period, the 85 and older population grew from 100,000 to 5.7 million.

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being. Washington, DC: US Government Priting Office; 2010. https://agingstats.gov/docs/PastReports/2010/OA2010.pdf

Reference

Title
Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Publisher
US Government Priting Office
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
URL
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Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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