Monday, July 30, 2012

US mortality and baby boomers

Here is a compilation of some data from the census of 2010:



 Death rate per 100,000 (Census 2010) 

 35-44   45-54   55-64   65-74 
 Death rate per 100,000            184.4           420.9           877.7        2,011.3
 Number in age group   41,277,000  44,705,000  36,275,000  21,463,000
 Deaths per year     76,114.79  188,163.35  318,385.68  431,685.32
 Percent of deaths per year  0.18% 0.42% 0.88% 2.01%

Here's a chart of deaths per year stat:


The point is that as the baby boom cohorts move into the older age brackets, the number of persons leaving the workforce for the cemetery grows by quite a bit. 

2 comments:

sara marsden said...

I work within the death care industry and am watching the zeitgeist that is happening at present. Largely influenced by changes in culture, such as the 'aging tsunami', the baby boomer generation, the recession and changing religious attitudes.

We are about to witness a spike in the death rate as baby boomers begin to die, and these boomers do not want 'traditional' funerals. The cremation rate is steadily climbing, it has now reached just over 40% in the U.S. but is projected to hit nearly 60% by 2025. This is causing some fundamental changes within the funeral industry.

There is a piece on this on US Funerals Online - How Baby Boomers may change the notion of ‘death’ in society

sara marsden said...

I work within the death care industry and am watching the zeitgeist that is happening at present. Largely influenced by changes in culture, such as the 'aging tsunami', the baby boomer generation, the recession and changing religious attitudes.

We are about to witness a spike in the death rate as baby boomers begin to die, and these boomers do not want 'traditional' funerals. The cremation rate is steadily climbing, it has now reached just over 40% in the U.S. but is projected to hit nearly 60% by 2025. This is causing some fundamental changes within the funeral industry.

There is a piece on this on US Funerals Online - How Baby Boomers may change the notion of ‘death’ in society