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Population Projections

  1. American
    Indians and
    Alaska Natives
  2. Early
    Eligibility Age
    Beneficiaries
  3.  Lifetime 
    Low
    Earners

  4.  Oldest 
    Old
  5.  Sporadic 
    Low
    Earners
  6. Spousal-
    Only
    Beneficiaries
  7. Survivor-
    Only
    Beneficiaries
  8. Women
    & Dual
    Entitlement

Chart Descriptions - The Oldest Old in 2050

Released: April 2012
Next expected update: Summer 2014
Population Characteristics
Characteristic Aged 60 or older Aged 85 or older
Number of beneficiaries 81,054,628 13,341,100
Women 54% 60%
Ever disabled 15% 5%
Widowed 20% 55%
 
Median Benefit Amount (in 2012 dollars)
Population Scheduled benefits Payable benefits
60 or older 1,706 1,334
85 or older 1,879 1,470
 
Poverty rate
Population Scheduled benefits Payable benefits
60 or older 1.90% 3.47%
85 or older 1.09% 2.13%