Comparing the Economically Advantaged and the Pension Elite: 1980 Census Profiles

Cary S. Kart, Charles F. Longino, Steven G. Ullmann

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The number of economically advantaged retirees has grown rapidly since World War II. About 50% of retired individuals and 40% of retired households in the U.S. in 1980 had family income of more than double the poverty level. Economically advantaged retired households are most often headed by married, noncentral-city homeowners who show residential stability. They tend to have multiple income sources, some with income from at least three sources (the pension elite).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-749
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1989


  • 1980 censusm microdata program
  • Able elderly
  • Private sector and elderly people
  • Public policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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