Population Age 65+

An estimated 17.79% percent of the population in the report area is age 65 or older according to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2010-15 5-year estimates. An estimated total of 27,089 older adults resided in the area during this time period. The number of persons age 65 or older is relevant because this population has unique health needs which should be considered separately from other age groups.
Report Area Total Population Population Age 65+ Percent Population Age 65+
Franklin County, PA 152,285 27,089 17.79%
Pennsylvania 12,779,559 2,084,386 16.31%
United States 316,515,021 44,615,477 14.1%
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2011-15. Source geography: Tract

Population Age 65+ by Gender
Report Area Total Male Total Female Percent Male Percent Female
Franklin County, PA 10,660 15,009 14.28% 19.34%
Pennsylvania 787,195 1,193,179 12.6% 18.26%
United States 17,538,907 25,075,799 11.26% 15.6%
Population Age 65+ by Ethnicity Alone
Report Area Total Hispanic / Latino Total Not Hispanic / Latino Percent Hispanic / Latino Percent Not Hispanic / Latino
Franklin County, PA 363 26,726 4.91% 18.45%
Pennsylvania 38,692 2,045,694 4.74% 17.1%
United States 3,354,911 41,260,566 6.19% 15.73%
Population Age 65+ by Race Alone, Percent
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 18.59% 7.23% 9.49% 13.15% 0% 3.33% 4.23%
Pennsylvania 18.07% 10.32% 9.32% 8.23% 6.82% 3.95% 3.73%
United States 16.13% 9.77% 8.62% 10.75% 6.87% 4.71% 4.78%
Population Age 65+ by Race Alone, Total
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 26,313 420 35 206 0 38 77
Pennsylvania 1,884,624 144,762 2,204 32,320 292 10,000 10,184
United States 37,562,212 3,898,184 221,538 1,744,601 37,509 699,632 451,801
Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Population Age 65+

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Population counts for demographic groups and total area population data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2011-2015. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Area demographic statistics are measured as a percentage of the total population based on the following formula:
Percentage = [Subgroup Population] / [Total Population] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2015 Subject Definitions.


Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Data Limitations
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) was included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations have age and sex distributions that are very different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on demographic distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population (like areas with military bases, colleges, or jails)..

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, December 2017