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2021 Profile of Older Americans: ACL Releases Annual Summary of Statistics on Older Adults

December 1, 2022

2021 Profile of Older Americans

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The Profile of Older Americans is an annual summary of the available statistics related to the older population in the United States. Principal sources of data are the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as future population growth, marital status, living arrangements, income, employment, and health. This year's report includes a special section on family caregivers.

In addition to the full report, ACL's Profile of Older Americans webpage also contains individual charts/graphs as image files. Also on this page are Excel tables from this and past years, along with previous years' profiles.

Highlights from the Profile*

  • People 65+ are expected to represent 22% of the population by 2040.
  • Of older adults living in the community, 60% lived with their spouse/partner in 2021. About 27% lived alone.
  • In 2021, 10.6 million Americans age 65+ were in the labor force (working or actively seeking work).
  • Between 1970 and 2021, the percentage of older persons who had completed high school rose from 28% to 89%.
  • From 2020 to 2021, only 3% of older adults moved residence, as opposed to 10% of the population below age 65.

*The Profile incorporates the latest data available. Not all data are updated annually.

Last modified on 04/12/2024

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