United States


In 2000, 64 percent of Americans over 65 lived with one or more related family members. Of those not living in family households, most lived alone. In fact, 28.2 percent of Americans 65 and older lived alone in 2000. This may indicate a need for better social networks for the aged population.

About 4.7 percent of aged Americans lived in institutionalized group quarters, which include nursing homes, mental hospitals, and correctional facilities. Stewart County, Georgia had the highest proportion of institutionalized aged people with one in every five persons in the county living in institutionalized group quarters.

The remaining 3.1 percent of aged Americans lived in non-family households or non-institutionalized group quarters, which include college dormitories, military barracks, group homes, missions, and shelters.

Household Type of the Aged, 2000
Number Percent
Population Age 65 and over 34,978,972 100.00%
In Households 32,999,204 94.34%
Family Households 22,380,048 63.98%
Householder 12,007,334 34.33%
Spouse 7,828,773 22.38%
Parent 1,307,041 3.74%
Other relative 1,091,410 3.12%
Non-relative 145,490 0.42%
Non-family Household 10,619,156 30.36%
Householder, Non-family Household, Living Alone 9,849,325 28.16%
Householder, Non-family Household, Two or More Persons 418,794 1.20%
Non-relative in Non-family Household 351,037 1.00%
In Group Quarters 1,979,768 5.66%
Institutionalized 1,632,346 4.67%
Non-institutionalized 347,422 0.99%

* Relationship of persons in family households is determined by relationship to the householder.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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