Research Outline

Residential Locations of Over 50s


To determine the proportion of those over 50 -
1. The proportion of those over 50s living in rual, suburban, and urban environments;
2. The definition of rural, suburban, and urban; and
3. The top five cities for those over 50.
Ideally, the data will divide the larger group of over 50s into smalller age-based subgroups (50-64 year olds, 65-75 year olds, and over 75s).

Early Findings


  • According to the US Census Bueauru, "urban areas represent densely developed territory, and encompass residential, commercial, and other non-residential urban land uses."
  • Two types of urban area are identified:


  • Rural areas "encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area."


  • Suburban is not a term used by the US Census Bearuru. Its common meaning is "pertaining to, inhabiting, or being in a suburb or the suburbs of a city or town.."

Place of Inhabitation of Over 50s

  • 17.5% of the US rural population was aged 65 or older.
  • 13.5% of the US urban population was aged 65 or older.
  • The American Community Survey (ACS) found there were 46.2 million older people living in the US. 10.6 million of this group live in rural areas.
  • Areas in the middle of the US , creating a line from North Dakota to Texas are the most popular rural areas for over 65s.


  • In our initial hour of research, we have defined the three terms identified, and have begun to identify relevant data that will enable a comprehensive answer to the research questions to be developed.
  • One of the issues with this research is different organizations break the population down differently, meaning there is no consistent use of terms like "older people," This means that the research will involve marring together the data from multiple otganizqtions to ensure all aspects are covered. This is likely to be a labor intensive process.