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Nursing home population

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  • 1.8 million: Approximate number of people living in nursing homes.
  • 7.4: Percent of Americans 75 and older who lived in nursing homes in 2006, compared with 8.1 percent in 2000 and 10.2 percent in 1990.
  • 16: Approximate percentage of the 85-plus population living in nursing homes, compared with 21 percent of that age group living in nursing homes in 1985.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau