(November 2000) In 2000, the proportion of the population estimated to be ages 65 and older varies among states. The percentages range from just under 6 percent in Alaska to over 18 percent in Florida (see map). About 13 percent of the U.S. population is in the 65-and-older age group. Some states, like Florida, attract retirees and therefore have high percentages of older residents. Other states, such as Iowa and North Dakota, have populations with high percentages of older people because a relatively high proportion of the younger generation has moved elsewhere.
By 2011, the baby boomers will start to turn 65, and by the year 2025, the percentage of older people projected to live in the United States as a whole (18.5 percent) will be greater than the current percentage in Florida (18.1 percent).
U.S. Census Bureau, “Projections of the Total Population of States, 1995 to 2025,” accessed at www.census.gov/population/projections/state/stpjpop.txt on September 11, 2000.