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First Time in 17 Years: Seniors Will Outnumber Children

First Time in 17 Years: Seniors Will Outnumber Children
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:42 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In 17 years, for the first time in American history, the number of senior citizens in America will outnumber children. The Census Bureau projects that in 2035, there will be 78 million Americans over the age of 65 and just 76 million under 18.[1]

"This demographic transformation caused by a rapidly aging population is new for the United States but not for other countries." The Census release notes that "Japan has the world’s oldest population, where more than one in four people are at least 65 years old." Its population has already started to decline. "Europe is headed down the same demographic path." But, according to the Census Bureau, "America has been different, until now." The change results from Americans having fewer children than in earlier generations combined with a longer life expectancy.

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The end result of this transformation is staggering. In 1960, there were more Americans under 4 than in any other age group. Generally, older ages boasted progressively smaller numbers leading to a small sliver over the age of 85. Following a century of change, however, the number of Americans in each age group will be much more equal.

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Footnotes:

  1. Census Bureau, "The U.S. Joins Other Countries With Large Aging Populations," March 2018

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