Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options
demographics of the United States will change dramatically during the next 25
years as more baby boomers reach their 60s, 70s and beyond. The U.S. Census
Bureau projects that the number of Americans age 65 or older will swell from 35
million today to more than 62 million by 2025 - nearly an 80 percent increase.
As people grow older, they often become less willing or able to drive, making it
necessary to depend on alternative methods of transportation.
Unfortunately, the United States is currently ill prepared to provide adequate
transportation choices for our rapidly aging population. Alternatives to driving
are sparse, particularly in some regions and in rural and small town
communities. As the number of older people increases, so too will their mobility
needs. How the nation addresses this issue will have significant social and
This report presents new findings based on the National Household Transportation
Survey of 2001 and places them in the context of other research on mobility in
the aging population.
Tables from Report
(available in both .pdf and MS Excel format)
Table 1: Worst
Areas of the Country for Isolation
of Non-Driver 65 and Over, Ranked
Table 2: Driving
Among 65 and Over Population,
Table 3: Driving
among 65 and Over Population,
Transit Service, and Federal Transit Spending,
Selected Metropolitan Areas
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a nationwide network of more than 800
organizations, including planners, community development organizations, and advocacy groups,
devoted to improving the nationís transportation system.