Share of old age population (65 years and older) in the total U.S. population from 1950 to 2050*

U.S. - seniors as a percentage of the population 1950-2050 This graph represents the share of seniors - those aged 65 years and older - in the total U.S. population from 1950 to 2050. In 2017, about 15.6 percent of the U.S. population was 65 or older.
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Percentage of total population
1950 8%
1960 9%
1970 10%
1980 11.3%
1990 12.5%
200012.4%
201013.1%
201715.6%
2020*16.9%
2030*20.6%
2040*21.7%
2050*22.1%
Percentage of total population
1950 8%
1960 9%
1970 10%
1980 11.3%
1990 12.5%
200012.4%
201013.1%
201715.6%
2020*16.9%
2030*20.6%
2040*21.7%
2050*22.1%
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This graph represents the share of seniors - those aged 65 years and older - in the total U.S. population from 1950 to 2050. In 2017, about 15.6 percent of the U.S. population was 65 or older.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1950-2017
Age group
65 years and older
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* Projection.
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