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DID YOU KNOW...According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were 3.8 million people in Texas age 60 and older; they made up approximately 15 percent of the total Texas population of 25 million. This group is one of the fastest -growing populations in Texas, and is expected to more than triple between 2010 and 2050. By 2050 this group is expected to grow to 12 million.

Total Texas Population Age 60+

Growth of the 85+ Population

In Texas, the growth of the aging population and increased longevity will mean a marked increase in the number of people age 85 and older. In 2010, the population age 85 and older was 305,000; by 2050, it is expected to increase to 1.6 million, an increase of greater than 500 percent. This segment of the population will increase from 1.2 percent to 2.8 percent of the total population

Growth of the Texas 85+ Population

National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter
Presentation to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging

By: Leah Cohen, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, NG, TXG

Texas is also home to 5.2 million baby boomers who will all be at least 65 years of age by 2030. And out of the 34 to 44 million informal caregivers throughout the United States approximately 2 .7 million are in Texas.

The proportion of Texas’ population that is over 60 is growing while the proportion that is under 60 is shrinking. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 20 percent of Texas’s population will be over age 60 by the year 2030, an increase of close to 25 percent from 2012.

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