MERIC Pays Tribute to Grandparents and Older Missourians

Grandparent's Day is designated each year for a yearly national tribute to the contributions grandparents have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our families. This year Grandparent's Day will be celebrated on September 15, 2010.

Of the 5,911,605 people in Missouri in 2008, 18.7 percent were age 60 or older according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey, slightly higher than the national rate of 17.8 percent. Missouri ranked 21st among the states in the percentage of the population age 60 and older. The state with the largest percentage of older adults was Florida at 23.0 percent. In Alaska, only 11.3 percent of the population is age 60 or older.

Grandparents play an important role in Missouri households. According to the 2008 American Community Survey, there were 103,205 Missourians living with their grandchildren. Of Missouri grandparents living with their grandchildren, 16.9 percent were age 60 and over and responsible for their grandchildren, higher than the national average of 15.3 percent.

Missouri grandparents that are age 60 and over, comprised 12.1 percent of working Missouri grandparents responsible for their grandchildren. St. Louis County at 25.9 percent had the largest percentage and largest number of working grandparents over age 60 caring for grandchildren.

The share of Missouri's population age 85 and older is slightly higher than the U.S. average at 1.9 percent compared to 1.8 percent for the nation. Buchanan County had the highest county percentage of people over 85 with 3.1 percent followed by Cape Girardeau (2.7%), Greene (2.3%), St.Louis (2.2%) and Cole (2.1%).

Top Missouri  Counties with Populaton Over 85
Area Total Pop over 85 % Pop over 85
Buchanan County 2,739 3.1%
Cape Girardeau County 1,964 2.7%
Greene County 6,090 2.3%
St. Louis County 21,485 2.2%
Cole County 1,560 2.1%
Missouri 113,533 1.9%
United States 5,385,787 1.8%

Of Missouri's population age 65 and over in 2008, 9.3 percent were below the poverty level, just below the U.S. average of 9.9 percent. Mississippi had the largest percentage of citizens age 65 and older in poverty at 16.9 percent.


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