WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: CENTENARIANS DAY
Profile America — Sunday, September 22nd. The average age of the American population is on a steady climb, and the national median is nearly 37. As people grow older, many tend to become a little vague about their exact age. After about 85, though, they tend to become proud of their longevity. Not too many years ago, someone who had lived to be 100 was a true rarity. Even today, those reaching 100 are contacted by the White House, and often the national and local media. Now, generations of good nutrition and medical care are paying off, and the picture has changed. On this National Centenarians Day, there are some 53,000 Americans aged 100 or over, almost 83 percent of them women. In 1980, the number was 32,000. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at www.census.gov.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, News Release, CB12-239
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau