In 2000, the number of older adults who were 65 years old and over was 252,895, accounting for 7% of the total Harris county population of all age (3,400,578). The number of those who were 85 years and over was 25,573 (1% of the total county population).
Women account for 59% of Harris County residents 65 years of age and older, and they represent 73% of those 85 years of age and older.
Race and Ethnicity
Harris County is a diverse community with its percentages of African American, Hispanics, and Asians larger than those of the nation and its percentage of whites lower than that of the nation.
Household income of Harris County older adults ranges widely. The median household income of Harris County older adults in 1999 was $33,431 for householders 65 to 74 years old and $25, 375 for householders 75 years old and older.
As with any age group, older adults reside throughout Harris County, but there are indeed pockets within these 1,778 square miles that have a greater concentration of elders than others. This map of the Population Age 65+ in Harris County by Zip Code (pdf) indicates most older adults live within the Beltway 8, with the highest numbers residing near or within the 610 loop.
Given the diversity within the county and the percentage of various minority groups with significant and unique unmet needs, it is particularly important to note geographic areas with the highest concentrations of minority populations. This map of the Minority Population Age 60+ in Harris County by Zip Code (pdf) confirms the diversity of the county's older adults and offers valuable direction for any outreach activities or service targeting efforts that focus on reaching minority groups.
Educational attainment varied widely among Harris County's older adults. More than one-third (35%) of the county older adults 65 years old and over had no high school diploma while about one-forth (24%) of county older adults had high school diploma and a little more than one-fifth (21%) of the county's older adults had a college degree.
Click here for a detailed report on the demographic profile of Harris County Elders.