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AgeWatch report card

8th

United States of America

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Key

Country
domain value
Regional
average

Enabling environments

Income security

Health status

Capability

23

Life expectancy at 60

How many more years can a 60-year-old expect to live

17.5

Healthy life expectancy aged 60

The average number of years a person can expect to live in good health.

92%

Pension coverage

% people over 65 receiving a pension

National policy on ageing?

No information available

64.9 million people over 60

20.1

2014

25.6

2030

27

2050

% of population over 60

Overview

The United States of America ranks at 8 overall on the Index, ranking consistently high in all four domains. It performs best in the capability domain (4), with a significant change in value points from 2013 due to an increase in the employment rate which now stands at 60.9%. It also has a high rate of educational attainment among older people for its region (95.6%).

It ranks at 17 in the enabling environment domain, slightly below average on the civic freedom indicator (84%), but above average on the indicators of safety (71%), social connectedness (94%) and satisfaction with public transport (62%).

It ranks at 22 in the income security domain with a pension income coverage of 92.5%, although it has a higher than average old age poverty rate for its region at 14.6%. It ranks lower in the health domain (25), with values that are slightly below the regional average for  the indicators of life expectancy (23) and healthy life expectancy at 60 (17).

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Rank by domain

Indicators data What does this mean?
Pension coverage: 92.5 % people over 65 receiving a pension.
Old age poverty rate: 14.6 % of people aged 60+ with an income of less than half the country's median income.
Relative welfare: 92.2 Average income/consumption of people aged 60+ as a % of average income/consumption of the rest of the population.
GDP per capita: US$ 44,439.4 This is a proxy for standard of living of people within a country. It aims to provide comparison across countries.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Life expectancy at 60: 23 The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live.
Healthy life expectancy at 60:17.5 The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live in good health.
Relative psychological/mental wellbeing:97.9 % of people over 50 who feel their life has meaning compared with people aged 35-49 who feel the same.
The indicator measures self-assessed mental well-being.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Employment of older people: 60.9 % of the population aged 55-64 that are employed.
The indicator measures older people's access to the labour market and their ability to supplement pension income with wages, and their access to work related networks. The employment rate is a proxy for the economic empowerment of older people.
Educational attainment:95.6 % of population aged 60+ with secondary or higher education.
Education is a proxy of lifetime accumulation of skills and competencies that shows social and human capital potential inherent among older people.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Social connections: 94 % of people over 50 who have relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble.
Physical safety: 71 % of people over 50 who feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they live.
Civic freedom: 84 % of people over 50 who are satisfied with the freedom of choice in their life.
Access to public transport: 62 % of people over 50 who are satisfied with the local public transportation systems.

Social pension

Social pensions are non-contributory cash transfers to older people, provided by government. For more information see www.pension-watch.net.

There is no social pension in United States of America.

HelpAge USA (HelpAge Affiliate).

American Association of Retired Persons (HelpAge Affiliate).

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