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According to a 2012 report from the Social Security Administration, "the proportion of couples and nonmarried persons aged 65 or older who had earnings income [that is, income from employment] was smaller in 2010 (26%) than in 1962 (36%)." Among other sources of income, "the proportion of the aged population...

According to a 2012 report from the Social Security Administration, "the proportion of couples and nonmarried persons aged 65 or older who had earnings income [that is, income from employment] was smaller in 2010 (26%) than in 1962 (36%)." Among other sources of income, "the proportion of the aged population with asset income--the next most common source--is similar to that in 1962. Over the 48-year period, receipt of private pensions has tripled, and receipt of government pensions has increased by more than 50%."  Social security benefits are the most common source of income, with 86% receiving it in 2010 compared to 69% in 1964. (p. 6)

Social Security Administration. (2012). Fast facts & figures about Social Security, 2012. Washington, DC: Social Security Administration. Retrieved from http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2012/fast_facts12.pdf

Most of the data come from the Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin, which contains more than 240 detailed tables. The information on the income of the aged is from the data series Income of the Population 55 or Older. Data on trust fund operations are from the 2012 Trustees Report.

According to a 2008 report on sources of income for older persons, "34.8 million people age 65 and older, 96.6 percent of the older population, had income in 2006. 86.4 percent of the older population had Social Security income. 30.7 percent of the older population had income from pensions and retirement...

According to a 2008 report on sources of income for older persons, "34.8 million people age 65 and older, 96.6 percent of the older population, had income in 2006. 86.4 percent of the older population had Social Security income. 30.7 percent of the older population had income from pensions and retirement savings. Many over 65 year olds were working; 18.6 percent had earnings income. (p. 1)

Wu, K. B. (2008). Sources of income for older persons, 2006. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute. Retrieved from http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/econ/fs143_income.pdf

This report includes information about income sources for individuals age 65 and older in 2006 obtained from the March 2007 Current Population Survey (CPS)

According to a 2006 report on sources of income for older persons, "older men were twice as likely (42.6 percent) as older women (21.7 percent) to have income from pensions and retirement savings, and the men's median retirement income of $12,334 was almost two times that of women ($6,804)...About...

According to a 2006 report on sources of income for older persons, "older men were twice as likely (42.6 percent) as older women (21.7 percent) to have income from pensions and retirement savings, and the men's median retirement income of $12,334 was almost two times that of women ($6,804)...About 24 percent of older men had income from earnings, with a median of $24,000 while 14.7 percent of older women had earnings income, with a median of $15,000." (p. 3)

Wu, K. B. (2008). Sources of income for older persons, 2006. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute. Retrieved from http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/econ/fs143_income.pdf

This report includes information about income sources for individuals age 65 and older in 2006 obtained from the March 2007 Current Population Survey (CPS)

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