Median Age in the United States

Median Age Demographics

U.S. Median Age, 2016:

37.9 years

—American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 

Slowly but surely, Americans are getting older. From 2000 to 2016, the U.S. median age rose from 35.3 to 37.9, according to Census data

The American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates on median age each year, broken down further by demographics and other characteristics. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. 

How does U.S. median age vary by state?

In 2016, Maine had the oldest median age: 44.5 years. Utah was the youngest state, with a median age of 30.7. 

Hover over a state to see its median age. To see data from different years, use the time-slider beneath the map. 

How does U.S. median age vary by sex?

The median age for American women is slightly older than for men—39.2 years vs. 36.6 years in 2016. 

How does median age vary by people's place of birth?

Foreign-born people include anyone who is not a U.S. citizen at birth, including immigrants who become naturalized citizens. 

How does the median age vary based on geographical mobility—when and from where people moved to new homes?

Geographic mobility is the Census' term for Americans' migration patterns—if, when, and from where people moved to new homes. Note that this chart's population does not include infants less than one year old. 

How do workers' median ages vary by their means of transportation? 

Based on ACS data about commuting, this chart only considers the population of workers—and excludes anyone 15 and younger.