9 Must Know Baby Boomer Stats, Do You Know Them?
Since I’m a Baby Boomer, I find the statistics below very interesting. Plus, it explains why I see more and more of my peers coming into OSI for therapy! And It’s not because we’re old and falling apart! We aren’t just sitting in our recliners letting old age get the best of us. We pay more attention to our health, fitness & how we feel than any previous generation did.
I’ve met Boomers at OSI that run 5 & 10K’s, participate in fitness classes, bike, snow ski, rollerblade, waterski, work fulltime and take care of their families. We look and feel years younger than we actually are. We plan to live longer and are taking steps to ensure that we do. Medicine has made tremendous advances and we expect to have the best care possible when we seek medical attention. We are a force to be reckoned with!
Size of the Boomer and Senior Markets. These are 9 Baby Boomer Stats to be aware of:
- 77 million people were born between 1946 and 1964, which is defined as the baby boomer era (U.S. Census).
- The first baby boomer turned 65 on January 1, 2011.
- An American turns 50 every 7 seconds—that’s more than 12,500 people every day (U.S. Census).
- The senior age group is now, for the first time, the largest in terms of size and percent of the population in the U.S. This age group grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010, according to a 2010 Census brief.
- More people were 65 years and over in 2010 than in any previous census. Between 2000 and 2010, the population 65 years and over increased at a faster rate (15.1%) than the total U.S population (9.7%).
- By 2015, those aged 50 and older will represent 45% of the U.S. population (AARP).
- Baby Boomers make up 35% of the American adult population (Scarborough).
- By 2030, the 65-plus population will double to about 71.5 million, and by 2050 will grow to 86.7 million people (U.S. Census).
- In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010.
Food for Thought…..