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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Sept. 22: Centenarians Day


WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Sept. 22 from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America Thursday, September 22nd. As people’s ages creep up toward 65, many tend to become a little vague about their exact age. After about 85, though, they become proud of their longevity. Not too many years ago, someone who had lived to be 100 was a true rarity, honored by a contact from the White House and a feature in the local paper. Now, generations of good nutrition and medical care are paying off, and the picture has changed. On this National Centenarians Day, it is estimated there are some 58-thousand women and 12-thousand men across the country who have reached the age of 100, and projections show these numbers increasing by about 60 percent in another five years, and more than doubling in 10 years. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at .

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 494 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 13


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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