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The Older Population by Age Group, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1900 to 2050

Contents: Older Population by Age Group: 1900 to 2050 with Chart of the 65+ Population Older Population by Age Group: 1900 to 2050 with Chart of the 60+ Population Older Population as a Percentage of the Total Population: 1900 to 2050 Population 60 and over by Sex: 1900 to 2050 Population 65 and over by Sex: 1900 to 2050 Population 85 and over by Sex: 1900 to 2050 Population Projections by Race and Hispanic Origin for Persons 60 and over: 2000 to 2050 Population Projections by Race and Hispanic Origin for Persons 65 and over: 2000 to 2050 Population Projections by Race and Hispanic Origin for Persons 85 and over: 2000 to 2050

Sources: Data for past years data is from Census historical data and from current and recent Census tabulations. Data for 2010 to 2050 are from the Census 2008 national projections, issued August 14, 2008 (http://www.census.gov/population/www/projections/2008projections.html). More detail is given on each worksheet in this workbook. Note: Due to Census rounding and methological differences, the totals in some tables may be slightly different from the totals in other tables in this workbook. All tables in this workbook were compiled by the U.S. Administration on Aging using the Census data noted.

Older Population as a Percentage of the Total Population: 1900 to 2050


Census Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 Age 60-64 2.4% 2.5% 2.8% 3.1% 3.6% 4.0% 4.0% 4.2% 4.5% 4.3% 3.8% 5.4% 6.2% 5.4% 5.1% 5.4% Age 65-74 2.9% 3.0% 3.3% 3.8% 4.8% 5.6% 6.1% 6.1% 6.9% 7.3% 6.5% 6.9% 9.5% 10.4% 9.1% 9.1% Age 75-84 1.0% 1.1% 1.2% 1.3% 1.7% 2.2% 2.6% 3.0% 3.4% 4.0% 4.4% 4.2% 4.7% 6.6% 7.4% 6.7% Age 85 and older 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.5% 0.7% 1.0% 1.2% 1.5% 1.9% 1.9% 2.3% 3.5% 4.3% Age 60 and older 6.4% 6.8% 7.5% 8.5% 10.4% 12.2% 13.2% 14.1% 15.7% 16.8% 16.3% 18.4% 22.2% 24.7% 25.1% 25.5%

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Age 65 and older 4.1% 4.3% 4.7% 5.4% 6.8% 8.1% 9.2% 9.9% 11.3% 12.6% 12.4% 13.0% 16.1% 19.3% 20.0% 20.2%

Chart of Percent of Population aged 60 and over, 65 and over, and 85 and over: 1900 to 2050
This chart shows the increase in the percent of the population 60 and older from 6 percent in 1900 to 16 percent in 2000 and projected to be 25 percent in 2030 and 26 percent in 2050. It shows the percent of the population 65 and older increasing from 4 percent in 1900 to 12 percent in 2000 and projected to be 19 percent in 2030 and 20 percent in 2050. It also shows the percent of the population 85 and older increasing from 0.2 percent in 1900 to 1.5 percent in 2000 and projected to be 2.3 percent in 2030 and 4.3 percent in 2050.

Older Population by Age: 1900-2050 - Percent 60+, Percent 65+, and 85+
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Sources: Projections for 2010 through 2050 are from: Table 12. Projections of the Population by Age and Sex for the United States: 2010 to 2050 (NP2008-T12), Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau; Release Date: August 14, 2008 The source of the data for 1900 to 2000 is Table 5. Population by Age and Sex for the United States: 1900 to 2000, Part A. Number, Hobbs, Frank and Nicole Stoops, U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Special Reports, Series CENSR-4, Demographic Trends in the 20th Century, 2002. This table was compiled by the U.S. Administration on Aging using the Census data noted.

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