Income of the Elderly Population (Volume II, Part VIII - Subject Reports)
This report, based on the 1960 Census of Population, contains 25-percent sample data on the income of persons 65 years old and over and on the income of families in which the head or wife was 65 and over. Data are presented for the United States, each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas of 250,000 or more. All statistics in this report are based on a 25-percent sample of the population. Information on age, sex, and family status was collected on a complete-count basis; but the data on these items shown in this report are based on persons in the 25-percent sample.
Other statistics on income of families by age of head (including heads 65 years old and over), on unrelated individuals by age, relatives of head by age, and all persons by age (including the age groups 65 to 7H years and 75 years and over), by sex, may be found in chapter D of Parts 1 through 51 of Volume I, Characteristics of the Population, for the United States, each of the States and their urban, rural-nonfarm, and rural-farm parts, and counties and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas of 250,000 or more.
Additional cross-classifications of income statistics for the United States by a number of characteristics, including age, are planned for the two scheduled PC(2) reports entitled Families and Sources and Structure of Family Income. Cross-tabulations of housing and household characteristics of units occupied by persons 60 years old and over, for the United States, each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, and selected Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas are published in Volume VII of the 1960 Census of Housing reports, Housing of Senior Citizens.
Data on the income of persons 65 years old and over, and of relatives of head 65 and over by sex, for the United States, each of the States, and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas have been published in Volume II of the 1950 Census of Population. Data on the income of families with head 65 years old and over and of unrelated individuals 65 and over, for the United States, appear in the 1950 Census report, Volume IV, Special Reports, Part 2, chapter A, General Characteristics of Families. Data on the income of persons 65 years old and over by family status and sex, for the United States, appear in the 1950 Census report. Volume IV, Special Reports, Part 2, chapter D, Marital Status.
Each year since 1945, the Current Population Survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census has provided national estimates of the Income of families with head 65 years old and over, unrelated individuals 65 and over, and of persons 65 and over, by sex (Current Population Reports, Series P-60). The income statistics provided by the Current Population Survey are, in General, designed to be com-parable with the decennial census statistics. The actual comparability of the statistics is discussed in the section below on "Income In 1959."
The data presented here for States and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas of 250,000 or more were also tabulated for the central cities of the areas, as well as for the urban-rural parts of the remainder outside the central city. They were also tabulated for the nonmetropolitan balance of States by Urban-Rural Residence. These data, which are on magnetic computer tape, can be made available on a reimbursable basis. Inquiries concerning unpublished data should be transmitted to the Bureau as soon as possible because tape files are not maintained indefinitely. Requests for unpublished data, giving a specific description of the figures desired, may be made in writing to the Chief, Population Division, Bureau of the Census, Washington 25, D.C.