WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America —Thursday, September 22nd. The average age of the American population is on a steady climb, and the national median is a bit over 37 years. 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 55,000 Americans aged 100 or over, some 81 percent of them women. In 1980, the number was 32,000. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Occasion/accessed 6/17/2016: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-centenarians-day-september-22/
Centenarians/page 1: http://www.census.gov/library/publications/2014/acs/acsbr12-18.html
Centenarians in 1980/page 7: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/reports/c2010sr-03.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by 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 "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau