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A Profile of Older Americans: 2016

On March 15, 2017, ACL released  the annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population, A Profile of Older Americans:2016 covers 15 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving. Principal sources of data for the Profile are the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Profile incorporates the latest data available. Some of the highlights from the Profile include:

  •  From 2005 to 2015, the population of adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. increased from over 36 million in 2005, to close to 48 million in 2015 - a 30 percent increase; 
  • Approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population is now an older American; 
  • Roughly 29 percent of noninstitutionalized older adults live alone, including almost half of women age 75 and older; 
  • Social Security provided 90 percent or more of the income received by 33 percent of beneficiaries in 2014; and
  • Over 4.2 million older Americans, or 8.8 percent, were below the poverty level in 2015. 

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