(Stacker Publication) – Across the United States, 52 million Americans are 65 years or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a quarter of them live in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas. By comparison, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska each have fewer than 150,000 senior residents.
The size of a state’s senior population means a lot in terms of demand for resources like health care, affordable housing, assisted living, in-home and nursing care, and support services, and the quality and availability of those resources help determine where seniors migrate.
With baby boomers moving into old age, fewer babies being born, and longer life expectancies, the senior population of America is on a spectacular rise. The lengthening of the U.S. life expectancy has been particularly dramatic, rising to nearly 79 years from 68 years in 1950.
Stacker compiled a list of parishes with the most seniors in Louisiana using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Parishes are ranked by the highest percentage of residents 65 years or older according to 2020 5-year estimates.
Jackson Parish ranked 5th overall out of the states parishes. Below is a list of parameters rankings were determined by:
Population aged 65 or older: 20.5%
Population aged 18 and younger: 20.9%
Median age: 41.8 years old
Median age of males: 39.6 years old
Median age of females: 43.9 years old
Total population: 15,822 people
Neighboring, Bienville Parish was just one behind at #6, Winn Parish was at #13, Caldwell Parish at #14, Ouachita Parish at #46. Lincoln Parish was not shown. The parish with the least amount of senior per average is Tangipahoa with 14.5% or residents 65 or older. Tensas Parish tops the list with 24.6% or its residents classified as senior citizens
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