Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Census Report about the 90+ Population

The U. S. Census Bureau has released a study called "90+ in the United States: 2006-2008", which was based on information from the American Community Survey. This report stated that the proportion of the population aged 90 and over has been increasing and that the oldest segments of the older population are growing the fastest. This increase in the ninety plus population is due to increased life expectancy. In 1931, life expectancy at age 65 was 12.2 years, but by 2006, it had increased to 18.5 years. Some of the highlights of the study include:
  • California is the state with the highest population of 90+, with Florida coming in second.
  • Most 90+ are high school graduates or beyond.
  • Social Security represents almost half of total personal income for the 90+.
  • The poverty rate for this age group is 14.5%.
  • 37.3% live alone
You can access the full report here.

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