This report presents social and economic data, with projections, mainly for persons aged 65 and older. The study combines data from various government sources, such as the Social Security Administration and the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as the Department of Commerce. This study includes demographic topics such as race, sex, and life expectancy. Text and charts also cover income and poverty, health, and social topics, including marital status, educational attainment, and voting patterns. The report considers the prospect of the number of elderly persons growing at a steady rate for the next 30 years followed by a dramatic upswing in the succeeding 20 years.
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.