Census Bureau Publishes New Data on 65+ Population

Using 2016 American Community Survey one-year data, the U.S. Census Bureau published a new reportThe Population 65 Years and Older in the United States – and web page that highlights key findings and features an interactive map to view state-specific information.

The report presents a statistical portrait of the population aged 65 and older in the United States by comparing selected demographic, social, housing, and economic characteristics among those aged 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older.

The following were the significant highlights:

  • Those aged 65 to 74 were the largest among the three age groups, numbering 28.7 million or 58 percent of the older population;
  • The proportion of the older population who had a computer at home ranged from 58 percent among individuals 85 and older to 87 percent among those 65 to 74 years old, with a similar pattern for Internet access: 55 percent for the former and 83 percent for the latter.
  • The homeownership rate (the percentage of all occupied housing units that are owner-occupied) was highest among people aged 65 to 74 (79 percent); it was also higher for the other older age groups compared with the rate for all ages (63 percent).
  • The proportion of the older population with some disability increased with age, with the highest percentage having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs among people 85 and older (48 percent).
  • A minority of older grandparents (27 percent for people aged 65 to 74 and 11 percent for people 85 and older) provided care for their co-resident grandchildren, with a higher proportion reported among males compared with females.
  • The most common type of household income received in the past 12 months among the population 65 and older was social security (90 percent), received most by those 85 and older (94 percent).