The number of Americans ages 65 and older will more than double over the next 40 years, reaching 80 million in 2040. The number of adults ages 85 and older, the group most often needing help with basic personal care, will nearly quadruple between 2000 and 2040. The nation is aging.
In 2019, about 16.5 percent of the American population was 65 years old or over; a figure which is expected to reach 22 percent by 2050. This is a significant increase from 1950, when only eight percent of the population was 65 or over.
They represented 15.2% of the population, about one in every seven Americans. The number of older Americans increased by 12.1 million or 33% since 2006, compared to an increase of 5% for the under-65 population.
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. Between 2020 and 2030 alone, the time the last of the baby boom cohorts reach age 65, the number of older adults is projected to increase by almost 18 million.
69 percent In 1990, women made up a greater share of older adults living alone (79 percent). But since then, the percentage of older women living alone has decreased from 38 percent to 32 percent, while the percentage of older men living alone has risen slightly from 15 percent to 18 percent.
Population of the United States by sex and age 2020 The estimated population of the U.S. was approximately 329.48 million in 2021, and the largest age group was adults aged 25 to 29. There were 11.88 million males in this age category and around 11.36 million females.
The older population itself became increasingly older. In 2018, the 65-74 age group (30.5 million) was more than 13 times larger than in 1900 (2,186,767); the 75-84 group ( 15.4 million ) was 20 times larger (771,369), and the 85+ group (6.5 million) was more than 53 times larger (122,362).
The world’s total population aged 90+ years was estimated at 21,328.78 thousand persons in 2020.
A person is considered even older at about age 75. Many people are still active at this age, but they may notice that their hearing is not as good or they are not seeing as well as they did before. People who are over 85 are considered the “oldest” of the old.
Asians have the highest median family income, followed by whites, Hispanics, and blacks. NOTE: Family income of persons 65 or older tends to be higher than the income of aged units 65 or older because it includes income from all family members, not just a spouse.
There are 108.7 million folks age 50 -plus. This includes 76.4 million boomers (born 1946-64), compared with 49 million Gen Xers and 82 million millennials. Moreover, people 50-plus will continue to grow over the next decade to the tune of 19 million, vs. a growth of only 6 million for the 18-49 population.