A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.
Older Americans vote
The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2013. This group accounted for 14.1 percent of the total population.
Projected population of people 65 and older in 2060. People in this age group would comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents at that time. Of this number, 19.7 million would be 85 or older.
Projected number of baby boomers in 2060. At that time, the youngest baby boomers would be 96 years old.
The year in which, for the first time, the population 65 and older would outnumber people younger than 18 in the U.S.
Income and Poverty
The 2013 median income of households with householders 65 and older, up 3.7 percent from the previous year.
The percent of people 65 and older (4.2 million) who were in poverty in 2013.
Median net worth for householders 65 and older in 2011.
Percent supplemental poverty rate for those 65 and older, equating to 6.5 million people. Excluding Social Security would leave the majority of this population in poverty.
Serving Our Nation
Estimated number of people 65 and older who were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in 2013.
Labor force participation rate for men 65 and older in 2013, significantly higher than the rate for women 65 and older at 13.8 percent.
Number of full-time, year-round workers 65 and older with earnings in 2013, up from 1.5 million in 1993.
Proportion of people 65 and older in 2014 who had completed high school or higher education. S
Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2014 who had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Marital Status and Living Arrangements
Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2014.
Percentage of people 65 and older in 2014 who were widowed.
Computer and Internet Use
The percentage of those 65 and older who reported living in homes with computers in 2013. Additionally, 62.4 percent accessed the Internet through a high-speed Internet connection.
Percentage of citizens 65 and older who reported casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential election.
Percentage of householders 65 and older who owned their homes as of fourth quarter 2014.
Services for the Older Population
Number of continuing care retirement communities in 2012. These businesses employed 426,109 workers and generated $27.7 billion in revenues. In 2007, there were 5,939 such establishments, employing 442,219 people and producing $26.0 billion in revenues. These establishments provide a range of residential and personal care services with on-site nursing care facilities for the elderly and other persons who are unable to fully care for themselves and the elderly and other persons who do not desire to live independently. Individuals live in a variety of residential settings with meals, housekeeping, social, leisure, and other services available to assist residents in daily living.
Number of business establishments providing services for the elderly and people with disabilities in 2012. These businesses employed 911,331 workers and generated $34.4 billion in revenues. In 2007, there were 20,433 such establishments, employing 621,545 people and producing $25.3 billion in revenues. Senior citizens centers are among the establishments in this industry.
On the Map
Percentage of Florida’s population that was 65 and older in 2013, followed by Maine (17.7 percent) and West Virginia (17.3 percent). Alaska had the lowest percentage (9 percent), followed by Utah (9.8 percent) and Texas (11.2 percent).
Percentage of the population in Sumter, Fla., that was 65 and older in 2013 – which led all of the nation’s counties and Chattahoochee, Ga. (3.8 percent) had the lowest percentage. Source:
The estimated July 1, 2014 population of The Villages, Fla., metro area. The Villages, located to the west of the Orlando metro area, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, with its population increasing by 5.4 percent. The metro area is home to one of the largest age-restricted retirement communities in the world.
The number of people age 100 and older counted by the 2010 Census.
For every 100 centenarian women, the number of centenarian men in 2010.
In 2010, percentage of centenarian men who lived with others in a household, the most common living arrangement for this group. For their female counterparts, the most common living arrangement was residing in a nursing home (35.2 percent).
Number of centenarians per 10,000 people in North Dakota in 2010. North Dakota was the only state with more than three centenarians per 10,000 people.