WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: CENTENARIANS DAY
Profile America — Thursday, September 22nd. The average age of the American population is on a steady climb. As people's ages creep upward, many tend to become a little vague about their exact age. After about 85, though, they 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 national media. Now, generations of good nutrition and medical care are paying off and the picture has changed. On this National Centenarians Day, it is estimated there are some 70,500 Americans aged 100 or over. In 1950, the number was 2,300. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 475
U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Population Projections
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau