Economic Status: Aged
This chartbook examines the spending patterns of the aged population (65 or older) using data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey Public-Use File. Many charts include detail for those aged 65–74 and those aged 75 or older, with comparative data for the near aged (55–64). The data cover total and per capita expenditures including expenditures for housing, food, health care, transportation, and travel. The 2010 edition also includes selected trends from 2002.
This biennial companion to Income of the Population 55 or Older highlights selected data in charts and tables that are easy to understand. The charts focus on the receipt and shares of income from Social Security, pensions, assets, earnings, and public assistance, effectively illustrating the Social Security program's pivotal role in the economic security of the aged.
This biennial report includes more than 100 statistical tables with data on the major sources and amounts of income for people aged 55 or older and their total income and poverty status.