Census: More elderly than ever before in U.S.
New Census data says there were 90 men ages 65 and older for every 100 women -- an increase since 2000.
November 30th, 2011
02:26 PM ET

Census: More elderly than ever before in U.S.

By Sally Holland, CNN

Washington (CNN) - The Census Bureau released data Wednesday that shows there are more people 65 and older than ever before in the United States.

According to the 2010 numbers, there are 40.3 million people age 65 and older, an increase of over 5 million since the 2000 Census. The older population grew at a faster rate than the population as a whole.

But the best news might be for older males.

"Males show more rapid growth in the older population than females over the decade," said Carrie Werner, a statistician at the Census Bureau. "While females continue to outnumber males in the older ages, males continued to close the gap over the decade by increasing at a faster rate than females."

The 2000 Census showed that there were just over 88 men to every 100 women age 65 and older. In 2010, there were just over 90 men to every 100 women in that age group.

Geographically, the South has more people 65 and older, followed by the Midwest. On the state level, only Rhode Island experienced a decline in population of the 65 and older set. The District of Columbia also experienced a decline.

The 2010 Census also showed a jump in the number of centenarians in the United States. There were 53,364 people who were 100 years or older in 2010, an increase of 5.8 percent since the 2000 count.

As the Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the numbers of older men and women should continue to go up, according to Werner.

"Future growth of the older population is both highly probable and unprecedented in the United States," she said.

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  1. Wes

    No, I got what was on my list. What struck me is that their big thing is BOGO sales, and they had a LOT of them going this week. Nearly every item they had on the BOGO was gone tghouh-shelves completely empty. That's money walking out the door. We don't do that type of sale, but we have a lot of things on special this week. When I left today the store looked at damn near grand opening conditions. But WD tends to woefully understaff compared to us, and when you're getting slammed like every store is this week it really shows. There's just no way to recover from that when you fall that far behind.

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