Oldest States

The median age is considered the age at which most people in a state or country have lived half their lives and is used as a means to measure the number of young people or elderly people within that region’s population. As such, it becomes possible to determine the youngest and oldest states by studying this data: the higher the median age is, the older the population will be.  

The median age is a good indicator of an aging population if this number increases over the years. Overall, the U.S. population has aged as the median age increased by 3.4 years since 2000. While aging is a common trend and will most likely continue in the coming years, each state’s population does not age at a similar pace.  

Additionally, each state has a varying median age due to external factors like healthcare, life expectancy, birth rates, and standard of living. As a result, there is a wide range in the median age of the U.S., from a minimum of 31.8 years to a maximum of 45.1 years old. The average median age in the U.S. is 38.5 years old.

If you would like to learn more about the oldest and youngest states in the U.S, please refer to the data in the charts.

Population Age 65+ by State

Alabama

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17.8%

#18 in the US

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39

#18 in the US

Alaska

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13.1%

#48 in the US

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35

#47 in the US

Arizona

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18.5%

#10 in the US

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38

#26 in the US

Arkansas

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17.7%

#19 in the US

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38

#27 in the US

California

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15.2%

#45 in the US

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37

#38 in the US

Colorado

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15.1%

#46 in the US

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37

#39 in the US

Connecticut

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18.2%

#11 in the US

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41

#6 in the US

Delaware

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20%

#3 in the US

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41

#7 in the US

Florida

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21.3%

#1 in the US

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42

#5 in the US

Georgia

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14.7%

#47 in the US

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37

#40 in the US

Hawaii

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19.6%

#6 in the US

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39

#19 in the US

Idaho

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16.7%

#31 in the US

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37

#41 in the US

Illinois

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16.6%

#32 in the US

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38

#28 in the US

Indiana

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16.5%

#33 in the US

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38

#29 in the US

Iowa

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17.9%

#20 in the US

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38

#30 in the US

Kansas

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16.8%

#34 in the US

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37

#42 in the US

Kentucky

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17.2%

#21 in the US

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39

#20 in the US

Louisiana

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16.4%

#35 in the US

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37

#43 in the US

Maine

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21.8%

#2 in the US

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45

#1 in the US

Maryland

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16.3%

#36 in the US

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39

#21 in the US

Massachusetts

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17.4%

#22 in the US

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40

#9 in the US

Michigan

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18.2%

#12 in the US

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40

#10 in the US

Minnesota

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16.8%

#37 in the US

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38

#31 in the US

Mississippi

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16.9%

#38 in the US

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38

#32 in the US

Missouri

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17.7%

#23 in the US

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39

#22 in the US

Montana

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19.7%

#7 in the US

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40

#11 in the US

Nebraska

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16.5%

#39 in the US

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37

#44 in the US

Nevada

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16.5%

#40 in the US

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38

#33 in the US

New Hampshire

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19.3%

#8 in the US

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43

#2 in the US

New Jersey

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17%

#24 in the US

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40

#12 in the US

New Mexico

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18.5%

#13 in the US

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38

#34 in the US

New York

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17.4%

#25 in the US

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39

#23 in the US

North Carolina

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17.1%

#26 in the US

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39

#24 in the US

North Dakota

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16.1%

#41 in the US

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35

#48 in the US

Ohio

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17.9%

#27 in the US

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40

#13 in the US

Oklahoma

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16.4%

#42 in the US

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37

#45 in the US

Oregon

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18.6%

#14 in the US

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40

#14 in the US

Pennsylvania

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19.1%

#9 in the US

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41

#8 in the US

Rhode Island

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18.2%

#15 in the US

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40

#15 in the US

South Carolina

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18.7%

#16 in the US

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40

#16 in the US

South Dakota

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17.6%

#28 in the US

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37

#46 in the US

Tennessee

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17.1%

#29 in the US

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39

#25 in the US

Texas

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13.2%

#49 in the US

Utah

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11.7%

#50 in the US

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31

#50 in the US

Vermont

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20.6%

#4 in the US

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43

#3 in the US

Virginia

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16.3%

#43 in the US

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38

#35 in the US

Washington

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16.2%

#44 in the US

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38

#36 in the US

West Virginia

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20.9%

#5 in the US

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43

#4 in the US

Wisconsin

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18%

#17 in the US

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40

#17 in the US

Wyoming

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17.8%

#30 in the US

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38

#37 in the US

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0%

#51 in the US