Older Adults Make Up Biggest Chunk of Population
December 1, 2011
The population is getting older, and those who are 65 and up now make up the biggest part of the nation’s population in size and percentage, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Older residents comprise 13 percent of the population, or 40.3 million people.
The older adult population increased by 15.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, while the combined remaining age groups saw 9.7 percent growth.
The states with the highest number of senior residents are:
- West Virginia
The state with the lowest number of seniors is Alaska (7.7 percent compared to Florida’s 17.6 percent). However, Alaska also has the largest growth rate for older populations, according to Census data.
Source: “New Census Data Show Increase in Older Adults,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Dec. 1, 2011)
Updated: July 14, 2020