U.S. Median age of the population 2018, by state

This statistic shows the median age of the population of the USA in 2018, by state of residence. The state with the highest median age of its population was Maine at 45.1 years. Utah had the lowest median age (31 years).

View the distribution of the U.S. population by ethnicity here.

Additional information on the aging population in the United States

High birth rates during the so-called baby boom years that followed World War II followed by lower fertility and morality rates have left the United States with a serious challenge in the 21st Century. However, the issue of an aging population is certainly not an issue unique to the United States. The projected development of the global population aged 65 and over between 2010 and 2050 demonstrates that Europe in particular faces a major issue.
Within the United States, the uneven distribution of populations aged 65 years and over among states offers both major challenges and potential solutions. On the one hand, federal action over the issue may be contentious as other states are set to harbor the costs of elderly care in states such as California and Florida. That said, domestic migration from comparably younger states may help to fill gaps in the workforce left by retirees in others.
Nonetheless, aging population issues are set to gain further prominence in the political and economic decisions made by policymakers regardless of the eventual distribution of America’s elderly. Analysis of the financial concerns of Americans by age shows many young people still decades from retirement hold strong concern over their eventual financial position.

Median age of U.S. population in 2018, by state

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Release date

September 2019


United States

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