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.
In the United States, there are about 52 million people who are age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This demographic is projected to almost double in size by 2060, to a whopping 95 million people.
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 .
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|
|80 to 84 years||3,933,739||1.9|
|85 to 94 years||2,829,728||1.6|
|85 to 89 years||2,060,247||1.2|
population ) to 11.1 million in 2016 (23% of older adults) and are projected to increase to 21.1 million in 2030 (28% of older adults). 12% between 2006 and 2016. About one in every seven, or 15.2%, of the population is an older American .
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.
65 and older
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.
|60 to 64 years||10,805,447||3.8|
|65 to 74 years||18,390,986||6.5|
|75 to 84 years||12,361,180||4.4|
|85 years and over||4,239,587||1.5|
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 estimated population of the U.S. was approximately 328.2 million in 2019, and the largest age group was adults aged 25 to 29.
America’s population of persons aged 90 -and-older has almost tripled since 1980, reaching 1.9 million in 2010 and will continue to increase to more than 7.6 million over the next 40 years , according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Age 90 isn’t some wild outlier. The SOA’s data suggests that a 65-year-old male today, in average health, has a 35% chance of living to 90 ; for a woman the odds are 46%.