Facts About Senior Citizens

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. December 09, 2016

Facts About Senior Citizens

(SeniorJournal.com, May 5, 2014) 21.3% of men 65 and older were in labor force in 2012, up from 17.6 percent in 1990 May 5, 2014 – President John F. Kennedy established May as Senior Citizens Month in 1963 after being urged to help recognize older Americans in a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens. The U.S. Census Bureau gathered current facts and figures on the oldest Americans to provide a snap shot of the 65 and older age group that now makes up almost 14 percent of the population. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

43.1 million- The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2012. This group accounted for 13.7 percent of the total population.

92.0 million- Projected population of people 65 and older in 2060. People in this age group would comprise just over one in five U.S. residents at that time. Of this number, 18.2 million would be 85 or older.

2.4 million- Projected number of baby boomers in 2060. At that time, the youngest baby boomers.

2056- The year in which, for the first time, the population 65 and older would outnumber people younger than 18 in the U.S.

Income and Poverty

$33,848- The 2012 median income of households with householders 65 and older, not significantly different from the previous year.

9%- The percent of people 65 and older (3.9 million) who were in poverty in 2012.

$170,516- Median net worth for householders 65 and older in 2011, down from $203,015 (in 2011 dollars) in 2005.

14.8%- Percent supplemental poverty rate for those 65 and older, equating to 6.4 million people. Excluding Social Security would leave the majority of this population (54.7 percent or 23.7 million) in poverty.  

Serving Our Nation

9.6 million- Estimated number of people 65 and older who were veterans of the armed forces in 2012.

Jobs

21.3%- Labor force participation rate for men 65 and older in 2012, up from 17.6 percent in 1990 and significantly higher than the rate for women 65 and older at 13.4 percent (8.4 percent in 1990).

4.3 million- Number of full-time, year-round workers 65 and older with earnings in 2012, up from 1.3 million in 1992.

Education

82.6%- Proportion of people 65 and older in 2013 who had completed high school or higher education.

25.3%- Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2013 who had earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

Marital Status and Living Arrangements

58%- Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2013.

26%- Percentage of people 65 and older in 2013 who were widowed.

Computer and Internet Use

61.8%- The percentage of those 65 and older who reported living in homes with computers in 2011. Additionally, 45.5 percent accessed the Internet either from home or elsewhere.

Voting

71.9%- Percentage for those 65 and older who reported casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential election.

Homeownership

80.7%- Percentage of householders 65 and older who owned their homes as of fourth quarter 2013.

On the Map

18.2%- Percentage of Florida's population that was 65 and older in 2012, followed by Maine (17.0 percent) and West Virginia (16.8 percent). Alaska had the lowest percentage (8.5 percent), followed by Utah (9.5 percent) and Texas (10.9 percent).

49.3%- Percentage of the population in Sumter, Fla., that was 65 and older in 2012 - which led all of the nation's counties. Other counties were Charlotte, Fla. (36.0 percent) and La Paz, Ariz. (34.9 percent). Chattahoochee, Ga. (3.6 percent) had the lowest percentage.

Centenarians

53,364- The number of people age 100 and older counted by the 2010 Census.

20.7- For every 100 centenarian women, the number of centenarian men in 2010.

43.5%- In 2010, percentage of centenarian men who lived with others in a household, the most common living arrangement for this group. For their female counterparts, the most common living arrangement was residing in a nursing home (35.2 percent).

3.29- Number of centenarians per 10,000 people in North Dakota in 2010. North Dakota was the only state with more than three centenarians per 10,000 people.

Census Bureau Note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates < http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2012/PEPAGESEX>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections < http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2012.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections < http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2012.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections < http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2012.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Table 1 < http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Table 3 < http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Net Worth and Asset Ownership of Households: 2011 < http://www.census.gov/people/wealth>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2012 < http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-247.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey < http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B21001>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey Table B23001 < http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B23001>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Historical Income Tables: People, Table P-32 < http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/historical/people/>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2013, Table 1 All Races < http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2013/tables.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2013, Table 1 All Races < http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2013/tables.html> 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Families and Living Arrangements, Table A1 < http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2013A.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Families and Living Arrangements, Table A1 < http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2013A.html>  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Computer and Internet Use, Table 2 < http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-569.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, The Diversifying Electorate--Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012 (and Other Recent Elections), Table 6 < http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-568.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey, Table 7 < http://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/data/q413ind.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates < http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-112.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates < http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-112.html>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Centenarians: 2010 < http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/reports/c2010sr-03.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Centenarians: 2010 < http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/reports/c2010sr-03.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Centenarians: 2010 < http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/reports/c2010sr-03.pdf>

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Centenarians: 2010 < http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/reports/c2010sr-03.pdf> 




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

Author

Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.




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