Individuals 65 and older are traditionally regarded to be ″elderly,″ according to tradition.According to this definition, there were slightly over 30 million senior individuals in the United States in 1987, accounting for more than 12 percent of the overall population of approximately 252 million people in the country (Table 3.1).This category accounts for the great majority of Medicare enrollees, accounting for about 96 percent of all beneficiaries.1
In the United States, the population over the age of 65 totalled 54.1 million people in 2019. (the most recent year for which data are available). They accounted for 16 percent of the population, or more than one out of every seven people in the United States.
Statistical Information for Stories | Tuesday, August 21, 2020 National Senior Citizens Day will be celebrated on August 21, 2020. Approximately 40.3 million Americans aged 65 and over lived in the United States in 2010, and more than 54 million doing so on July 1, 2019, according to the United States Census Bureau.
From 1950 to 2050, the proportion of the elderly (those 65 years and older) in the overall population of the United States was calculated.
|Characteristic||Percentage of total population|
Today, there are more than 46 million older individuals in the United States who are 65 years or older; by 2050, this number is predicted to rise to over 90 million. The number of older individuals is expected to rise by over 18 million between 2020 and 2030, by the time the last of the baby boom cohorts reaches the age of retirement.
In today’s United States, according to the United States Census Bureau, more than 54 million individuals aged 65 and over live there, accounting for around 16.5 percent of the country’s total population.
In 2016, the population of the United States over the age of 65 totaled 49.2 million individuals (the most recent year for which data are available). They accounted for 15.2 percent of the population, or around one in every seven Americans at the time.
In 2021, the expected population of the United States was roughly 329.48 million people, with individuals aged 25 to 29 constituting the biggest age group. There were around 11.36 million girls in this age group and 11.88 million men in this age group.
2020 ranking of states according to the percentage of the population above the age of 65
|Rank||State||Population Ages 65+ (percent of state population)|
Age distribution of the population aged 65 and above in 1990, 2000, and 2010.
|Age||1990||Percent of U.S. total|
|65 to 74 years||18,106,558||7.0|
|65 to 69 years||10,111,735||4.0|
|70 to 74 years||7,994,823||3.0|
Whites constituted the largest proportion of the population among those aged 85 and above, accounting for 81 percent of the total. All of the other age categories together accounted for fewer than 8% of persons above the age of 85.
According to a research issued today by the United States Census Bureau and backed by the National Institute on Aging, the nation’s population of people aged 90 and older has than quadrupled over the previous three decades, reaching 1.9 million in 2010. The population of this country is expected to more than double during the next four decades.
Even among today’s ten-year-olds, females are more likely than boys to outlive their counterparts. Last but not least, children born today will live longer lives than any previous generation. Approximately two-thirds will survive over the age of 80, and a third will live past the age of 90. Almost one in every ten females born today will live to be at least 100 years old.
According to the Census Bureau, 5.3 million (11 percent) of persons aged 65 and over resided in another person’s home in 2016, with 3.4 million (11 percent) living in the homes of their children and 1.1 million (11 percent) living in the homes of their parents, siblings, and other relatives.
The oldest old — that is, those who are 85 years or older — are the part of the older population that is rising the quickest. They are expected to reach a total of 6 million by 2010, which would be double their 1990 level. Beginning in 2031, when the baby boomers begin to reach the age of 85, the number of people over the age of 85 will grow rapidly.
Eight out of ten Americans own their homes by the time they reach the age of 65. According to the survey, ownership rates gradually fall to 78 percent by age 75, and after that, ownership rates continue to decline progressively, reaching 74 percent at age 80, 70 percent at age 85, 59 percent at age 90, and 54 percent at age 95, respectively.
The top 50 countries with the highest proportion of older adults are shown below.
|Rank||Country||% 65+ (of total population)|