Key Facts

Our global community is rapidly aging. For the first time in recorded history, there are more people over age 64 in the world than children under five. In Rhode Island, over 31 percent of residents are age 55 or older, compared to 28 percent nationally. By 2030, it is estimated that one in four Rhode Islanders will be 65 or older, while adults living with disabilities in Rhode Island account for 13 percent of the total state population, versus 12 percent nationally

Older Rhode Islanders and adults living with disabilities continue to shape our state’s rich social, cultural, and economic tapestry. According to the AARP, Rhode Island’s longevity economy is worth $27 billion, with more than 80 percent (or $22 billion) attributed to people over 50 years old. We strive to deepen and celebrate these contributions through our work – and, at the same time, use data to tackle pressing issues facing our constituency. For more information on global population shifts over time, click here. Learn more about the U.S. longevity economy here.


40% of workers are 50+

Nearly 40% of the Rhode Island workforce are 50 years old or greater

31% of citizens are 55+

The 55+ age demographic makes up 31% of the Rhode Island population (versus 28% nationally)

13% with disability

Rhode Islanders with disabilities make up 13% of the State’s population (versus 12% nationally)

25% in 2030

By 2030, 1 in 4 Rhode Islanders will be aged 65 or over

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