senior-man-giving-woman-ride-in-wheelbarrow-[469x669]May is Older Americans Month! Let’s spend the month celebrating and honoring our loved ones, friends and neighbors who are 65 and older.

Here are some fun facts about this age group in the United States, taken from recent surveys conducted in 2012 & 2013:

    • As of July 1, 2012, there were 43.1 million people over the age of 65. They made up 13.7 percent of the population.
    • There are more older women than older men: 24.3 million older women and 18.8 older men.
    • In 2056, those over the age of 65 will outnumber those younger than age 18.
    • In 2060, it is estimated there will be 92 million people over the age of 65. (One in five U.S. residents will be over the age of 65 at that time.)
    • People reaching the age of 65 can expect to live for an average of 19.2 more years.
    • 21.3% of the labor force are men over the age of 65 and 13.4% are women over 65.
    • 4.3 million full-time workers are part of this age group (that number was only 1.3 million in 1992).
    • The median income for this group is $33,848.
    • This group includes 9.6 million veterans of the armed forces.
    • 82.6% have completed high school or higher education. (Compare that to 1965, when only 24% had graduated from high school.)
    • 25.3% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
    • 58% are married (71% of men are married and 45% of women are married).
    •  26% are widowed (36% of women are widowed).
    • 45% of women over age 75 live alone.
    • 61.8% of people in this age group have computers in their homes.
    • 71.9% voted in the 2012 presidential election.
    • 80.7% own their home.
    • 518,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren who live with them.
    • Florida has the highest percentage (18.2%) of residents in this age group.
    • Alaska has the lowest percentage (8.5%).
    • Sumpter, Florida, is the county with the nation’s highest percentage (49.3%) of residents in this age group.
    • Chattahoochee, Georgia, is the county with the lowest percentage (3.6%).
    • In 2010, there were 53,364 people age 100 and older in the U.S.
    • North Dakota has the highest number of centenarians per population (3.2 per 10,000 people). (All other states have less than 3 per 10,000 people.)

Facts taken from:

The United States Census Bureau

“Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-being” by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.  

“A Profile of Older Americans” by the Administration on Aging