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New 2012 Profile of Older Americans Available

Did you know...

  • There are 41.4 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65
    Between 1980 and 2010, the centenarian population experienced a larger percentage increase than did the total population.
  • There were 53,364 persons aged 100 or more in 2010 (0.13% of the total 65+ population). This is a 66% increase from the 1980 figure of 32,194
  • In 2012, older men were much more likely to be married than older women--72% of men, 45% of women (Figure 2). Widows accounted for 37% of all older women in 2012. There were over four times as many widows (8.5 million) as widowers (2.1 million).
  • Divorced and separated (including married/spouse absent) older persons represented only 12% of all older persons in 2012. However, this percentage has increased since 1980, when approximately 5.3% of the older population were divorced or separated/spouse absent.
  • The median income of older persons in 2011 was $27,707 for males and $15,362 for females. From 2010 to 2011, median money income (after adjusting for inflation) of all households headed by older people rose 2% but this was not statistically significant. Households containing families headed by persons 65+ reported a median income in 2011 of $48,538

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