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Social and Economic Characteristics of the Older Population: 1978

Report Number P23-85

This report consolidates statistics on a variety of social and economic characteristics of the older population in the United States, taken primarily from the 1978 Current Population Survey.

Detailed tables present data on family and marital status; the institutional population; nativity and parentage; mobility and residence; education; and voting and registration. Data are also provided on labor force participation, employment status, and occupation and industry; income and earnings; poverty status of persons and families; housing; health and health services; and crime victimization. In addition, data concerning the growth of the older population are included. The data are shown for age, sex, and race/Spanish origin categories.

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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