In 2012, there are more Americans age 65 and older than at any other time in U.S. history. In 2010, there were 40.3 million people in that age range, up 5.3% in 2000. In 1900, there were only 3.1 million people in that age range. It is still expected to increase over the next few years. Males are still outnumbered by females, however, the gap is decreasing. Out west, the older population is increasing most rapidly. However, Florida has the most proportions individuals who are at least 65. (17.3%) Next comes West Virginia, then Maine, and then Pennsylvania. All states experienced this population increased except Rhode Island.
The older population in Rhode Island declined 0.3%. More people decided to leave this state and retire elsewhere. Now, more hispanics are arriving in Rhode Island and the attractiveness of Rhode Island living is increasing. Studies show that this will cause an increase in population of the older age by 2020.
Scottsdale, Arizona has attracted many people 65 and older for retirement. Miami, Florida also has a high percentage of elderly residents.