How Data Can Help Governments Prepare for the Aging Population
People are living longer across America. In fact, the senior population is expected to climb to 83 million by 2050, according to the real-time aging population clock, which illustrates this growth in the U.S. and how often a person turns 65.
This growing segment of the population puts strain on city and state governments in terms of housing, health care, long-term care, transportation, Medicare and Social Security. The problem emphasized by the graph below, which demonstrates the population growth starting in the year 1950, is the increased potential dependency that the population may have on city and state resources — an outstanding challenge for officials.