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 437,887 100.00%
In Households 417,158 95.27%
Family Households 280,340 64.02%
Householder 149,637 34.17%
Spouse 105,509 24.10%
Parent 12,482 2.85%
Other relative 9,610 2.19%
Non-relative 3,102 0.71%
Non-family Household 136,818 31.25%
Householder, Non-family Household, Living Alone 123,421 28.19%
Householder, Non-family Household, Two or More Persons 7,158 1.63%
Non-relative in Non-family Household 6,239 1.42%
In Group Quarters 20,729 4.73%
Institutionalized 14,428 3.29%
Non-institutionalized 6,301 1.44%

* 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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