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1960 Census of Population: Supplementary Reports: Age of the Population of the United States: 1960

Report Number PC(S1)-25

The table presented here is a preprint of table 65 from Final Report PC(l)-1C, which contains summary information on these and other general social and economic characteristics of the population.

This report presents statistics on age by sex and color for the urban, rural-nonfarm, and rural-farm population of the United States.

In 1960, as in 1950, wide differences were apparent in the median age of the white and nonwhite population. In fact, the difference increased markedly during the decade, from 4.7 years in 1950 to 6.8 years in 1960. The median ages of the white and nonwhite population in 1960 were 30.3 and 23.5 years, respectively.

There were substantial differences in the median ages of the white and nonwhite urban, rural-nonfarm, and rural-farm populations. The greatest difference in median ages of the two color groups was found in the rural-farm population, where the median age of white persons was 31.7 years and that of rural-farm nonwhites was only 17.4 years.

There was a greater concentration of older persons in the white than in the nonwhite population in both urban and rural areas. The proportion 65 years old and over averaged 9.4 percent of the white population, compared with 6.1 percent of the nonwhite population.

The highest sex ratio (the number of males per 100 females) was that for the rural-farm white population. The sex ratio for this group was 108.0, compared with only 91.6 for urban nonwhite persons.

The PDF to the right contains the 4-page report.

A Note on Language

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