A Profile of Older Americans: 2004
The older population will continue to grow significantly in the future
( see Figure 1). This growth slowed somewhat during the 1990's
because of the relatively small number of babies born during the Great
Depression of the 1930's. But the older population will burgeon between
the years 2010 and 2030 when the "baby boom" generation reaches
By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than
twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population
in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 20% of the population
by 2030. The 85+ population is projected to increase from 4.6 million
in 2002 to 9.6 million in 2030.
Minority populations are projected to represent 26.4% of the elderly
population in 2030, up from 17.6% in 2003. Between 2000 and 2030, the
white** population 65+ is projected to increase by 77% compared with
223% for older minorities, including Hispanics (342%), African-Americans**
(164%), American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts** (207%), and Asians and
Pacific Islanders** (302%).
Note: Increments in years are uneven.
(Sources: Projections of the Population by Age are taken
from the January 2004 Census Internet Release. Historical data are
taken from "65+ in the United States," Current Population
Reports, Special Studies, P23-190 Data for 2000 are from the 2000
Census and 2003 data are taken from the Census estimates for 2003.)
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