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US Senior Population Demographics

  • Number of people 65 or older: 37 million
  • Number of people 85 or older: 5.3 million
  • Percent of population 65 and older: 12%
  • Percent age 65-74 who are married: 66%
  • Percent age 85 and older who are married: 26%
  • Percent of women age 85 and older who are married: 57%
  • Percent of men age 85 and older who are married: 78%
  • Health - Nursing home residence: 65-74: 9/1000; 75-84: 36/1000; 85+: 139/1000

Source: U.S. Bureau of Census; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics, "Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being"

 
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