The older population – persons 65 years or older--numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030.
The U.S. Population Is Aging …
The current growth in the number and proportion of older adults living in the United States is unprecedented in our nation’s history. Two factors — longer lives and aging baby boomers — will double the population of Americans aged 65 or older during the next 25 years. Life expectancy in the U.S. has increased from 47 years for Americans born in 1900 to 77 years for those born in 2001 and baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — will begin to reach age 65 in 2011. By 2030, the number of older Americans is expected to reach 71 million, or roughly 20% of the U.S. population.
Center for Disease Control
About 1 in 5 Americans have some type of disability, and 1 in 10 have some kind of severed disability. And, with the population aging and the likelihood of have a disability increasing with age, the growth in the number of people with disabilities can be expected to accelerate in the coming decades.
If this trend continues, Americans 65 years old and older will make up 20 percent of the population by the year 2030 compared with about 12 percent currently.
Bureau of the Census
1-5 children in the U.S. is homeless
In the U.S., on any given night, there are about 750,000 people homeless, and about 1.5m are homeless at some point in the year (nearly 325,000 of them were children). Most of that was temporary homelessness, but one in five of can be considered chronically homeless
Human Rights Etc.
MORE THAN 46 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN POVERTY USA
Americans families were having a difficult time making ends meet before the recession. With continuing unemployment and increasing costs of living, more and more families have to choose between necessities like health care, child care, and even food.