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Population Projections of Older American Indians and Alaskan Natives 65+

Two Elderly American Indian WomenFollowing the growth trend of older Americans, older American Indians and Alaskan Natives are living longer. In 2009, American Indian and Native Alaskan elders were 0.6 percent of the older population in the U.S. Their population was 232,042. Data of the U.S. Census Bureau state that the older American Indian and Native Alaskan population will increase to 1.0 percent (or 918,000 persons) of the older population by 2050.

In 2009, 50% of American Indian and Alaskan Native elderly resided in six states: California (14.0%), Oklahoma (10.7%), Arizona (9.2%), New Mexico (6.2%), Texas (6.0%), and North Carolina (4.3%).

Resources on Older Americans
For more information on the characteristics of older Americans (including data on income, living arrangements, education, and health), visit these resources: