Fear of a Gray Planet

There were about 810 million people aged 60 or older worldwide in 2012, and their number is projected to grow to more than 2 billion by 2050

2012

One out of nine people in the world is 60 or older

19 percent of Americans are 60 or older

Japan, with 32 percent 60 or older, has the oldest population

2050

Old people will outnumber children (0 to 14 years) for the first time in history

27 percent of Americans will be 60 or older

41 percent of Japanese will be 60 or older

DATA: UNITED NATIONS

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