Age Demographics

  1. Life expectancy in ancient Greece was 30; in ancient Rome, 35
  2. In 1790, the median age in U.S. was 16
  3. At the beginning of the Civil War, half the population was under 20.
  4. In 1950, half the American population was over 30.
  5. In 1994, the median age was 34.
  6. In 1994, there were as many people over 60 as there were over 30.
  7. The number of centenarians in the U.S. doubles every ten years.
  8. By 2030, 8.4 million Americans will be over the age of 85.
  9. By 2030, 72 percent of older Americans (85 plus) will be non-Hispanic white, 11 percent Hispanic, 10 percent Black, and 5 percent Asian.
  10. As a group, White men in the U.S. are now experiencing a higher death rate than Black women.