A new study found Tennessee has the No. 29 highest percentage of residents who are 65 and older, accounting for 16.3% of the state’s population.
By 2030, it’s estimated that at least 1 in 5 Americans will be age 65 or older, and the gradual aging of the U.S. population will have widespread implications, from healthcare to the workforce.
SeniorLiving.org today released its study, The Oldest States in America, which analyzed the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on population by age group, median age and aging projections in each state.
Here are key findings in Tennessee:
· No. 29 in population 65 and older, 16.3%.
· No. 36 in increase of 65+ population between 2010 and 2018, +20.7%.
· No. 40 in projected increase of 65+ population between 2018 and 2030, +17.8%.
Here are key national findings:
· The 10 states with the biggest 65+ populations are Maine, Florida, West Virginia, Vermont, Montana, Delaware, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
· The 10 states with the lowest 65+ populations are Utah, Alaska, Washington, D.C., Texas, Georgia, Colorado, California, North Dakota, Washington and Louisiana.
· 93,000 people in the U.S. are over 100 years old.
· The median age of Americans is 38.