A Profile of Older Americans: 2012

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging, 2013

Highlights
• The older population (65+) numbered 41 .4 million in 20 11, an increase of 6.3 million or 18 % since 2000.
• The number of Americans aged 4 5 – 64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 33 % during this period.
• Over one in every eight, or 1 3.3 %, of the population is an older American.
• Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.2 years (20.4 years for females and 17. 8 years for males).
• Older women outnumber older men at 23.4 million older women to 17.9 million older men.
• In 2011, 21 .0 % of persons 65+ were members of racial or ethnic minority populations — 9% were African – Americans (not Hispanic), 4 % were Asian or Pacific Islander (not Hispanic), less than 1% were American Indian or Native Alaskan (not Hispanic), and 0.6 % of persons 65+ identified themselves as being of two or more races. Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 7% of the older population.
• Older men were much more likely to be married than older women — 72% of men vs. 45% of women (Figure 2). 37 % older women in 2012 were widows.
• About 28% (11.8 million) of noninstitutionalized older persons live alone (8. 4 million women, 3.5 million men).
• Almost half of older women (46 %) age 75+ live alone.
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