By 2030, more than 20% of the population in the United States will be over the age of 65. As the decade progresses, the graying of America will be inescapable as projections indicate that older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.
Middle-aged Americans currently outnumber children, yet in 2035 a new milestone will be reached. According to the US Census Bureau, people age 65 and over are expected to number 78.0 million, while children under age 18 will number 76.7 million.
Americans are having fewer children and the baby boom of the 1950s and 1960s has yet to be repeated. Fewer babies, coupled with longer life expectancy equals a country that is aging faster.