Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Population Tsunami is Coming!

With the aging of America also comes a redistribution of population segments. Of particular interest is the current disability minority that is moving toward a new majority.

Here is a data visualization of the U.S. population over 50 years of age from 2010 to 2050. Click on the chart to read notes explaining the boxes that mark interesting age group trends.
U.S. Population by Ages 50+ (2010-2050)
Looking at U.S. Census population forecasts from 2004, we see an increase of 100% to 300% to all ages over 70 in the years between 2010 and 2035. The Baby Boomers will be introducing the very beginning of this glacial increase in age distribution. It shows the over-80 year old group almost doubling, the 90s quadrupling, and population reaching 100 exceeding a 900% increase by 2050. Public data estimates show that in some U.S. states, there will be more than 20% of the population with disabilities.

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