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The Next Four Decades: The older population in the United States: 2010 to 2050

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    • Percent growth in oldest-old population by 2050
      The oldest-old population is projected to increase by 21 percent by 2050.  
    • Older population growth between 2030 and 2050
      Between 2030 and 2050, the 85 and older population is expected to grow 2.3 percent.  
    • Oldest age group growth, 2010-2050
      The oldest age group is expected to grow from 5.8 million in 2010 to 19 million in 2050.  
    • Growth of total population by 2050
      Every age group is expected to be larger in 2050 than it is now.  
    • Effect of immigration on aging population growth
      As younger immigrants move into the United States, the rate of the aging U.S. population is slowed.  
    • Working age population as nation ages
      The working age population in the U.S. is expected to drop from 60 percent of the population in 2010 to 55 percent by 2030.  
    • Older population as percentage of total population, 2030
      By 2030, 19 percent of the U.S. population will be a part of the older population.  
    • Number of older Americans, 2050
      In 2010, the 65 and older population was 40.2 million. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to 88.5 million.