NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Old people are taking over! Well, sort of.
The average age of all Americans is currently 37.4 years old, and with the older population --65 years and older-- expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, to 92 million from 43.1 million, the median age will more than likely go up in the coming years.
That means older people would represent more than 1 in 5 Americans by the year 2060, up from 1 in 7 Americans in 2012.
The more dramatic increase is going to be in the number of the "oldest old" population, or those aged 85 and older. They are projected to more than triple to 18.2 million from 5.9 million.
Why does age of the national population matter?
The U.S. Census Bureau says that focusing on a population's age is one of the most basic ways to understand population change over time. According to its projections, it is estimated that the U.S. population will be considerably older, as well as more racially and ethnically diverse.
Not only that but the population is projected to grow much more slowly over the next several decades. That's due to lower birth rates and net international migration which means there will be less young people in this country.
Whether you're looking for a place for retirement where you can relax with older people, or are just trying to stay away from them, certain states just have less young residents.
We've compiled data from the one year estimates of the 2013 American Community Survey through the U.S. Census Bureau to come up with this list. And we are also including the population breakdown of people under the age of 18 and people over the age 65 compliments of Bloomberg Visual Data.
Without further ado, here are the states with the oldest population in America...
Median Age: 39.4
% of Population Over 65: 15%
% of Population Under 18: 23.2%
9. Rhode Island
Median Age: 39.7
% of Population Over 65: 15.5%
% of Population Under 18: 20.8%