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The United States is an Aging Nation

These population projections are why AARP has a livable communities initiative

By 2030, 1 of every 5 people in the United States — or 20 percent of the nation's population — will be age 65 or older. 

According to U.S. Census Bureau reports about age in America: 

1. The National Median Age is 38.2 Years Old

Youngest and Oldest Counties in the United States

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2018 Population Estimates, released June 20, 2019


2. The Number of Older Adults Will Soon Outnumber Children

U.S. Census Bureau Chart

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2017 National Population Projections, updated October 8, 2019


3. The 65+ Population Increased During the Past Decade

Older and Growing

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"Percentage Change 65+ Population from 2010 to 2019," 2019 Population Estimates, Released June 25, 2020


4. The Population of Older Adults is Getting Larger — and Older

U.S. Census Bureau Chart

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2017 National Population Projections, updated October 8, 2019

Page updated July 2020