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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 94,597 100.00%
In Households 86,602 91.55%
Family Households 55,791 58.98%
Householder 31,089 32.86%
Spouse 22,342 23.62%
Parent 1,125 1.19%
Other relative 1,037 1.10%
Non-relative 198 0.21%
Non-family Household 30,811 32.57%
Householder, Non-family Household, Living Alone 29,646 31.34%
Householder, Non-family Household, Two or More Persons 604 0.64%
Non-relative in Non-family Household 561 0.59%
In Group Quarters 7,995 8.45%
Institutionalized 7,236 7.65%
Non-institutionalized 759 0.80%

* 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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