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Demographic Aspects of Aging and the Older Population in the United States

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Report Number P23-59 (Revised)

NOTE—This report is essentially a reprinting of a report originally issued in May 1976. A number of typographical errors are corrected and a few items are updated.

Presents and analyses statistics on the demography of the older population of the United States. The principal topics covered are numbers and proportions of older persons, sex and race composition, geographic distribution and internal migration, mortality, survival, marital status, living arrangements, educational attainment, labor force participation, income level, and familial and societal dependency.

Tables and charts show data on the increase of the population 65 years old and over, by sex and race, average remaining lifetime, and proportion surviving for various ages and age intervals, median income, proportion. of high school graduates, and proportion in the labor force.

Most data are Shown for the United States, but there are some data for States and foreign countries.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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