Older Population in the U.S. A new report released today shows 15.2 million, nearly 1 in 6 (16.5%), adults age 55 and older are childless. According to U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40.3M U.S. residents 65 years and older in the 2010 Census and 54.1M in the July 1, 2019, population estimates.
The 65-and-older population grew by over a third (34.2% or 13,787,044) during the past decade, and by 3.2% (1,688,924) from 2018 to 2019. The growth of this population contributed to an increase in the national median age from 37.2 years in 2010 to 38.4 in 2019, according to the Census Bureau’s 2019 Population Estimates.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40.3 million U.S. residents 65 years and older in the 2010 Census and more than 54 million on July 1, 2019 .
This statistic shows the population of senior Americans in 2019, by state. In 2019, there were 4.5 million adults aged 65 and older living in Florida, out of a total population of 21.5 million. Population of adults aged 65 and older in the United States in 2019, by state.
|Number of adults 65 and older|
That year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects [PDF] that older adults will edge out children in population size: People age 65 and over are expected to number 77.0 million (previously 78.0 million ), while children under age 18 will number 76.5 million (previously 76.7 million).
Population 65 Years and Over by Age, 1990, 2000, and 2010
|Age||1990||Percent of U.S. total|
|65 years and over||31,241,831||13.0%|
|65 to 74 years||18,106,558||7.0|
|65 to 69 years||10,111,735||4.0|
65 and older
In the United States in 2017, the death rate was highest among those aged 85 and over, with about 14,689.2 men and 12,966.5 women per 100,000 of the population passing away. For all ages, the death rate was at 897.2 per 100,000 of the population for males, and 831.4 per 100,000 of the population for women.
The estimated population of the U.S. was approximately 328.2 million in 2019, and the largest age group was adults aged 25 to 29 .
Several countries today are facing an aging population , where the median age of the population has increased and a larger portion of the population is considered to be older. Two primary reasons for this are increased life expectancy and lower birth rates.
It’s no surprise then that as a share of the population, the states of Florida and Maine are bursting with seniors: Nearly one in five residents are age 65 or older, followed by West Virginia , Vermont , and Montana.
States Ranked by Percent of Population Age 65 or Older, 2018
|Rank||State||Total Resident Population (thousands)|
A General overview At global level, the share of 80 + people rose from 0.6% in 1950 (15 million) to around 1.6% (110 million) in 2011, and it is expected to reach 4% (400 million) by 2050.
The U.S. population is aging. Today, there are more than 46 million older adults age 65 and older living in the U.S.; by 2050, that number is expected to grow to almost 90 million.