Demographic Data on Elders from Diverse Ethnic Populations: Recent Data and Projections

Recent Data

Most recent numbers and percentages of older Americans in major ethnic populations are available from census data at

Future Projections of Changes in Sizes

See Table 1-2 and Figure 1-1 below:

Table 1-2

Figure 1-1

Heterogeneity Within Ethnic Populations

  • Very important: needs to be emphasized to counteract the common tendency to stereotype individuals from other populations
  • Within all ethnic groups, older adults vary in all significant demographic variables