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Older Americans Month: May 2019

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African American Senior couple carrying American flag on beach

Presidential Proclamation 2017

After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. Every president since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation changing the name of this observance to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate the population age 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

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Key Stats:

Source: 2016 American Community Survey, 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample.

This interactive data visualization shows demographic, social, housing and economic characteristics by state for the population 65 years and older. For more information about this population, check out the report The Population 65 Years and Older in the United States: 2016.

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Stats by Topic:

Population Projections

Source: Population Projections

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Population Estimates

Source: Population and Housing Unit Estimates.

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Income and Poverty

Source: 2018 and earlier Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements. 

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Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2014 Panel, Wave 2 (9/17/2018). 

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Serving Our Nation

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates. 

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Jobs

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates. 

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Source: Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements. 

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Business Owners

Source: 2012 Survey of Business Owners. 

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Education

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates. 

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Marital Status and Living Arrangements

Source: Current Population Survey, 2017 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.  

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Computer and Internet Use

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates. 

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Voting

Source: 2015 American Community Survey. 

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Homeownership

Source: Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey, February 28, 2019. 

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Services for the Older Population

Source: Quarterly Services Survey (date range end 2019). 

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Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

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Note: The table above is cropped at the bottom. Click on the image to see the full table with all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Geography

Source: 2017 Population Estimates. 

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Centenarians

Source: 2017 Population Estimates.

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