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Online Statistical Data on the Aging

A convenient set of links to online statistical information on the demographic characteristics, health, social conditions, and economic condition of older persons. Includes links to almost all known online resources including Census, HHS health statistics, and much more.

A convenient hyperlinked source of online data. Compiled by Saadia Greenberg, Administration on Aging (Telephone: 202-357-3554). See Disclaimer below.


Profile of Older Persons
Useful brochure with the latest key statistics on older Americans in 16 key subject areas including population figures, living arrangements, education, income and poverty, health, and disabilities. It includes both narrative and statistical charts and tables. 

Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being (Off Site)
This report of the Federal Forum on Aging-Related Statistics covers 37 key indicators carefully selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families.  The report is divided into five subject areas:  population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.  

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (Off Site)
NACDA acquires and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and facilitates their use. By preserving and making available the largest library of electronic data on aging in the United States, NACDA offers opportunities for secondary analysis on major issues of scientific and policy relevance.

AGing Integrated Database (AGID)
The AGID is an AoA on-line query system that provides dynamic access to AoA-related program performance results, surveys, and other data files.  These include Census population estimates; tabulations from the Census American Community Survey data on population aging, sex, race and ethnicity, income, poverty, disability, living arrangements and marital status, grandparent responsibility, and more; as well as AoA surveys of its program participants.   The system allows users to produce customized tables at the national and state level.

Fedstats (Off Site)
More than 100 agencies in the Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

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U.S. Census Bureau (Off Site)

  • Age Data (Off Site)
    Links to the major data tables on the age characteristics on the population and the demographic characteristics of the older population.

AoA Compiled Statistics on the Older Population
Latest demographic, health, and other statistical information on the aging including:

  • Latest national, state, and county population estimates
  • Statistical brief on minority older populations
  • Future projections of the older population

Census General Access Tools: (Off Site)
The Census Bureau web site includes a variety of Access Tools to help users extract tables.  Of special interest is the new American Factfinder system which lets users construct their own tables online from various Census data sources including the American Community Survey Data (successor to the decennial "long form" data) as well as the 2000 Census data.  Other Access Tools include:  Ferret (CPS only). Census also includes Search mechanisms to search for a word place, or map.

US Census Population Estimates (Off Site)
Population estimates by age, race and Hispanic ethnicity for the nation, states, and counties.

US Population Projections (Off Site)
Population projections for the nation and states.

US Census Information on Grandparents and Grandchildren (Off Site)

Statistical Abstract of the United States  
Online version of this popular, annually updated,  authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the US. Section 1 Population contains many tables on aging.  Links to data on states, counties, cities, and metropolitan areas.  (Off Site)

Projected Future Growth of Older Population - Tables and  charts (Excel spreadsheet files) showing the past and projected growth of the older population. Compiled by AoA based on Census data.

Aging into the 21st Century
AoA funded special report developed in 1996 by noted demographer Jacob Siegel providing the projections on the future elderly population. Includes population, marital status, and ousehold information as well as information about labor force participation, income, education, living arrangements, and life expectancy.

NIA Centers on the Demography of Aging
Home page for links to the nine centers on the Demography of Aging sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) which conduct research on health, social factors, economics, and other issues that affect the U.S. older population. Of particular interest are the publications summarizing the research results of hese centers which may be found at:  Research Highlights.(Off Site)

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The National Center for Health Statistics ( NCHS) web site includes many resource on aging and health. Of particular interest are:

  • Health, United States
    NCHS annual report on the health status of the nation; contains considerable data on the aging. (Off Site)
  • Health Data Interactive
    A  Web-based data archive designed to show trends in health-related behaviors, health status,health care utilization, and health care costs including those of the older population.  The warehouse contains information from a variety of national and state level data systems, the majority maintained by NCHS. The Warehouse is a dynamic system; series based on regular collection systems are updated as soon as new figures become available. Moreover, the number of topics grows as important new data are made available. The user can create custom data tables. (Off Site)
  • FastStats
    An extremely useful "Statistical Rolodex" or alphabetically indexed set of short statistical summaries on most major topics with links to the most recent NCHS publications for more details. (Off Site)

Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD)
These nationally representative longitudinal data collections begun in the early 1990s examine retirement and the aging of society. Included are information about these studies, papers and publication, and data files for downloading. (Off Site)

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Long Term Care and Disability

Disability Data from the Census Bureau

Main page with the latest disability statistics compiled by the Census Bureau (Off Site)

ASPE's Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-term Care Policy
Results of a number of research studies by HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation (ASPE) -- These short documents highlight policy relevant findings primarily from ASPE in-house and funded research. They contain statistical tables on a number of issues relating to aging (especially long term care). (Off Site)

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Income and Employment

Income Statistics from the Census
A series of reports and tables on income with some data by age. (Off Site)

Poverty Statistics from the Census
A series of reports and tables on poverty with some data by age. (Off Site)

Social Security Administration Statistical Information
Statistical data and research analyses of the old-age, survivors, and disability (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. See the Publications section of this page for much published data, e.g., Fast Facts and Figures.... (Off Site)

Bureau of Labor Statistics Data
BLS has extensive data on employment and income of the entire population with many tables providing breakdowns by age. Of particular interest are the data on Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey which includes some tables with data on the older worker. (Off Site)

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Survey of Income and Program Participation
Includes data on program participation by age group. (Off Site)

International Programs Center
The IPC, part of the Population Division of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, conducts demographic and socioeconomic studies and hosts a database covering areas outside the 50 States (and DC) including other countries, insular areas and US Territories. Several of the IPC studies focus on aging from an international perspective. (Off Site)

Census Bureau Statistics on Educational Attainment
Data on educational attainment, including data by age, based on the annual Current Population Survey. (Off Site)

HUD User Data Sets
Original electronic data sets generated by HUD sponsored data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population. (Off Site)

The national American Housing Survey, conducted every 2 years by the Bureau of Census for HUD, provides detailed data on housing costs, home financing, household equipment, housing and neighborhood conditions, and the households that occupy them. (Off Site)

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