As recently as 2010, 14 percent of Connecticut’s population was age 65 or older. By 2025, that percentage will increase to 20 percent, and will continue to climb. The implications of a larger, older population on the state’s economy and a range of services present both challenges and opportunities for the state. Some suggest that the state’s population will begin to look more like Florida.
Florida has the greatest proportion of people who are at least 65 (17.3 percent), followed by West Virginia (16 percent), Maine (15.9 percent), Pennsylvania (15.4 percent), and Iowa (14.9 percent). Connecticut is among the top fifteen, at 14.2 percent. There are now more Americans age 65 and older than at any other time in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – 40.3 million people age 65 and older on April 1, 2010, up 5.3 percent from 35 million in 2000 (and just 3.1 million in 1900).
Connecticut is also one of only seven states in the nation with a median age that is above 40. The others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.