Demographics and living arrangements of the minority elderly in the United States

Mark C. Bicket, Aparna Mitra

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Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this study assesses the demographics and living arrangements of the minority elderly population of the United States. Rapid growth in both the number and the proportion of all elderly minority populations are expected. By 2050, one-third of the elderly population will be other than a non-Hispanic White. While existing literature primarily focuses on the demographics and living arrangements of the White elderly population, this study attempts to show the diversity and differences in economic and cultural patterns among the minority elderly population and the implications of such diversity on the living arrangements of the elderly. The data show variations in elderly living arrangements in minority population groups by gender, and across and within the groups themselves. Such differences in living arrangements have important policy implications on both macro and micro level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1057
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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