More than 30,000 Americans are now over the age of 100
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. population age 65 and over increased by approximately 25 percent, from roughly 36 million in 2003 to 45 million in 2013. An important aspect of this growth is that it is not equally distributed across states. For example, the population age 65 and over increased by 30 percent or more in 20 states. Nevada and Alaska experienced more than a 50 percent increase. Not only are more people reaching their 65th birthday, many are living well beyond age 65. Between 1980 and 2013, the population aged 100+ grew faster than the population over age 65. The population of older Americans is experiencing dynamic changes. Monitoring these changes over time is an important part of understanding current needs and preparing for future growth.
Every year the Administration for Community Living (ACL) uses U.S. Census data to compile a profile of the U.S. population over age 65. This year’s report is entitled “A Profile of Older Americans: 2014” and is available here.