The U.S. has more than 305 million people, about 4.5% of world population. Seniors age 65 and older population is about 12% (36-37 million) of total U.S. population. According to 2004 Census Data, the folowing are important figures for seniors population (age 65 and older).
States which have most seniors:
California with 3.8 million
Florida with 2.9 million
New York with 2.5 million
Texas with 2.2 million
Highest seniors population increase in 2004:
California added 57,000
Texas added 37,000
Florida added 32,000
States with highest seniors percentage in relation to general population: (national figure is 12%):
Florida had 16.8 %
West Virginia had 15.3 %
Pennsylvania had 15.3 %
States with highest seniors migration increase from 2003 to 2004:
Nevada increased 4.2 %
Alaska increased 3.8 %
Population of foreign-born seniors tabulated in 2004 was 3.7 million, about 10% of total US resident seniors: Click here for more information
According to the US News & World Report, November 2008, Approximately 3.8 million seniors reside in some type of aging services facility, according to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. They live in roughly 17,000 nursing homes, 39,500 assisted-living facilities, 2,250 continuing care retirement communities, and other senior housing units.
More information and resources for senior living:
General Information And Services: Click here for more information
Understand Tax For Seniors: Click here for more information
Senior Citizen Retirement and Pension: Click here for more information
Figure Out How Much You Need To Retire: Click here for more information
Housing For Seniors: Click here for more information
Social security issues - About Retirement, Survivors, Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Click here for more information
Senior Citizen Foreign Travel – Health Coverage: Click here for more information
Note that if you travel abroad, you need to plan and make arrangement for emergency health coverage. According to government source, the social security Medicare Program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the U.S.A.
You may contact the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.