A Profile of
Older Americans: 2007
older population--persons 65 years or older--numbered 37.3 million in
most recent year for which data are available). They represented 12.4%
of the U.S.
population, about one in every eight Americans. The number of older
Americans increased by 3.3 million or
9.7% since 1996, compared to
an increase of 13.3% for the under-65 population. However,
the number of
Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades –
by 39% during this period.
2006, there were 21.6 million older women and 15.7 million older men,
or a sex
ratio of 138 women for every 100 men. The female to male sex ratio
with age, ranging from 114 for the 65-69 age group to a high of 213 for
85 and over.
1900, the percentage of Americans 65+ has tripled (from 4.1% in 1900 to
in 2006), and the number has increased twelve times (from 3.1 million
million). The older population itself is getting older. In
65-74 age group (18.9 million) was over 8.7 times larger than in 1900,
75-84 group (13.0 million) was 17 times larger and the 85+ group (5.3
was 43 times larger.
2004, persons reaching age 65 had an average life expectancy of an
18.7 years (20.0 years for females and 17.1 years for males).
born in 2004 could expect to live 77.9 years, about 30 years longer
child born in 1900. Much of this increase occurred because of
death rates for children and young adults. However, the
1984-2004 also has seen reduced death rates for the population aged
especially for men – by 32.6% for men aged 65-74 and by 25.5% for men
75-84. Life expectancy at age 65 increased by only 2.5 years
and 1960, but has increased by 4.3 years from 1960 to 2004.
2.2 million persons celebrated their 65th birthday in 2006. In the same
about 1.8 million persons 65 or older died. Census estimates
annual net increase of almost 500,000 in the number of persons 65 and
were 73,674 persons aged 100 or more in 2006 (0.19% of the total
population). This is a 97% increase from the 1990 figure of
for this section were compiled primarily from Internet releases of the
Bureau of the Census and the National Center for Health Statistics/Trends
in Health and Aging Data
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