New Jersey ranks about average when it comes to the number of adults who are aging. In 2014, 20.5 percent of the state’s nearly 9 million population was 60-plus-years-old, according to U.S. Census data. Nationally, that figure is 20.4 percent.
The population is clearly aging, as the baby boom generation gets older. In 2010, only 19 percent of New Jerseyans were 60-plus years, while in 2006, the number was 17.6 percent. Of those who are 60-plus years, only 2.4 percent live in nursing homes and 5.6 percent live in rural areas.