The 65+ population is projected to double from 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million in 2050. The number of people in the oldest age bracket, 85+, will quadruple in the same time period. No state or community will be immune from this shift in demographics. Find demographic information that will help you plan for the changes that will help older residents age successfully and will create livable communities for all ages.


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The Next Four Decades – the Older Population in the United States: 2010-2050 (US Census Bureau) 
The number of Americans age 65+ is projected to double from 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million in 2050. The number of people in the oldest age bracket (85+) will nearly quadruple in that same period from 5.8 million to 19 million. This Census Bureau report projects national statistics, trends, and their implications for city planners and local governments.

A Profile of Older Americans (Administration on Aging, US Department of Health and Human Services) 
This profile of older Americans, from the Administration on Aging, breaks down the demographic data presented into a number of categories, including marital status, living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability and activity limitations, and caregiving.

Multicultural Engagement Fact Sheets (AARP)
Multicultural 50+ populations are experiencing growth in cities across the country. AARP’s state-specific fact sheets provide statistical data regarding multicultural populations and projected growth through 2016 for targeted states across the country.

Livable New York Resource Manual: Sustainable Communities for all Ages – Demographics and Social Changes
The New York State Office for the Aging produced this resource manual to provide statistical information on the trends impacting the livability of New York communities. This section of the manual is a useful resource for local officials in any area looking for information regarding the demographic and social trends impacting the livability of communities across the country.

The Administration on Aging Website
The AoA website has a wealth of information and is best used as the first “go-to” source for the latest official government facts and figures. It is especially helpful to community planners and local governments who are looking for information about AoA programs, and those with grant opportunities. The AoA website is also a tremendous source of information on older demographics, organizing and making available U.S. Census and other sources of related information.

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