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 2,806,137 100.00%
In Households 2,695,253 96.05%
Family Households 1,886,098 67.21%
Householder 988,440 35.22%
Spouse 697,567 24.86%
Parent 99,528 3.55%
Other relative 87,564 3.12%
Non-relative 12,999 0.46%
Non-family Household 809,155 28.84%
Householder, Non-family Household, Living Alone 721,745 25.72%
Householder, Non-family Household, Two or More Persons 47,017 1.68%
Non-relative in Non-family Household 40,393 1.44%
In Group Quarters 110,884 3.95%
Institutionalized 86,010 3.07%
Non-institutionalized 24,874 0.89%

* 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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