The Population 65 Years and Older: Aging in America

The growth of the 65-and-older population in the United States impacts many facets of our society, challenging policy-makers to meet the needs of aging Americans. There are many basic characteristics of the 65-and-older population that are important components for understanding how to best meet their needs. This article describes the growth of this segment of the U.S. population, as well as discusses its geographic distribution and selected characteristics.

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About the Author
Karen Humes is a statistician with the U.S. Census Bureau. She received a B.A. in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. degree in sociology from Western Michigan University. She began her career at the U.S. Census Bureau in 1998 in the Population Division where she focused on racial and ethnic group statistics. She currently manages the  development and analysis of statistics related to age and gender.