Population by Age Group
DID YOU KNOW...The term "Oldest old” is used to describe people ages 85 years and older. In 2018, an estimated 400,643 Texans were at least 85 years old. These adults account for 1.4 percent of the Texas population, and about two-thirds of the oldest old are female. The total population of Texas is growing. It’s expected to increase by 88 percent from 2010 to 2050.
During this time, the population of the
oldest old in Texas is expected to increase by 390 percent.
Consistent with population growth in the US, this makes it the
fastest growing age group in Texas. By 2050 there will be an
estimated 1,495,289 Texans ages 85 years and older.
National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter
Presentation to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging
Texas is also home to 5.2 million baby boomers who will all be at
least 65 years of age by 2030. And out of the 34 to 44 million
informal caregivers throughout the United States approximately 2
.7 million are in Texas.
The proportion of Texas’ population that is over 60 is growing while the proportion that is under 60 is shrinking. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 20 percent of Texas’s population will be over age 60 by the year 2030, an increase of close to 25 percent from 2012.
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