In 2000, 64 percent of Americans over 65 lived with one or more related family members. Of those not living in family households, most lived alone. In fact, 28.2 percent of Americans 65 and older lived alone in 2000. This may indicate a need for better social networks for the aged population.

About 4.7 percent of aged Americans lived in institutionalized group quarters, which include nursing homes, mental hospitals, and correctional facilities. Stewart County, Georgia had the highest proportion of institutionalized aged people with one in every five persons in the county living in institutionalized group quarters.

The remaining 3.1 percent of aged Americans lived in non-family households or non-institutionalized group quarters, which include college dormitories, military barracks, group homes, missions, and shelters.

Household Type of the Aged, 2000
Number Percent
Population Age 65 and over 580,028 100.00%
In Households 551,104 95.01%
Family Households 371,095 63.98%
Householder 210,284 36.25%
Spouse 124,261 21.42%
Parent 18,615 3.21%
Other relative 16,387 2.83%
Non-relative 1,548 0.27%
Non-family Household 180,009 31.03%
Householder, Non-family Household, Living Alone 171,625 29.59%
Householder, Non-family Household, Two or More Persons 4,536 0.78%
Non-relative in Non-family Household 3,848 0.66%
In Group Quarters 28,924 4.99%
Institutionalized 24,623 4.25%
Non-institutionalized 4,301 0.74%

* Relationship of persons in family households is determined by relationship to the householder.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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