In the United States, 14.5 % of the population is 65 or older. That’s according to the most recent census. In North Carolina, the number of elderly people is a fraction of a percentage higher at 14.7%. In New Hanover County, nearly 16% of residents are 65 or over. And that number shoots to almost a third of the population in neighboring Brunswick County.
According to the American Psychological Association, the number of Americans over age 85 is increasing faster than any other group. Since 1900, the proportion of Americans age 65 and older has more than tripled.