Back in April, the Administration on Aging, which is part of the Administration for Community Living, released their 2017 Profile of Older Americans. This profile is an annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population in the United States and it is based primarily off of data collected from the U.S. Census. Also, the profile provides insights on changes in demographics of the population over age 65, including 15 topical areas such as population, income, poverty, education, and health.
According to the 2017 Profile of Older Americans, one in seven Americans are 65 or older and, in 2 years, 56 million people will be over the age of 65. Some other highlights of the profile include:
- From 2006-2016, the number of Americans age 60 and over increased by 36% from 50.7 million to 68.7 million
- In 2016, persons reaching age 65 had an average life expectancy of an additional 19.4 years
- In 2016, 3.5 million persons celebrated their 65th birthday
- The population age 65 and over increased from 37.2 million in 2006 to 49.2 million in 2016 (33% increase)
- 5 states with the highest percentage of persons age 65 and older in 2016 were Florida (19.9%), Maine (19.4%), West Virginia (18.8%), Vermont (18.1%), and Montana (17.7%)
- In 2016, there were 81,896 persons age 100 and over
To see more interesting statistics as well as learn more about the demographics of older Americans, you can read the entire 2017 Profile.
The Administration for Community Living, which includes the Administration on Aging, is an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency works with states, localities, tribal organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and families to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults as well as people with disabilities.