The Older Population of the United States

The Older Population of the United States

The Older Population of the United States

The Older Population of the United States


In this monograph, census data on age, as they relate to other characteristics of the population, are examined in the context of the many issues which have been raised by the current interest in our older population and its place in our society. This examination is focused not only on the position of older people as reflected in such characteristics as employment, living arrangements, and income but also on the development of this position as indicated by changes in these characteristics with age.

Chapters 1 and 9 were written by Clark Tibbitts of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. I am indebted to him for this contribution, which serves to indicate the context in which the study was undertaken and to bring together and interpret its findings, as well as for guidance in solving the many problems encountered in the course of the study.

I should also like to express my appreciation for the many helpful criticisms, both as to substance and organization, of the persons who reviewed the final manuscript--Dr. Conrad Taeuber of the Bureau of the Census; Dr. Ralph Hurlin of the Russell Sage Foundation; Dr. Paul Webbink of the Social Science Research Council; and Dr. Ernest W. Burgess, Professor Emeritus of the University of Chicago.

Finally, I wish to acknowledge the assistance of David Kaplan and Gertrude Bancroft of the Bureau staff in advising me with respect to the use of statistics in their respective subject matter fields, and of Merrill Rogers, Josephine Hemphill, and Mildred Russell in editorial review.

HENRY D. SHELDON Bureau of the Census

Washington, D.C. April 1958 . . .

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