The 28 US cities with the largest elderly populations

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People 65 and older are one of the high-risk groups for the coronavirus. Yves Herman/Reuters

Although the novel coronavirus can affect people of any age group, it is especially deadly for the older population.

According to a CDC report covered by Business Insider, around 80% of US coronavirus deaths were of people aged 65 and older as of March 16. Around 45% of US hospitalizations were also from this age cohort, according to the report.

To help this group still get their groceries and supplies, some stores have been opening early for just the elderly and at-risk populations. People have also been told to distance themselves from senior citizens, meaning nursing homes are limiting visits to protect residents from being infected.

To take a closer look at which cities might be more vulnerable to the outbreak, we used population estimates of metro areas from the US Census Bureau‘s one-year American Community Survey in 2018, the latest year where information was available. This gave us a share of people aged 60 and over in each metro area.

Note metro areas defined by Census generally include a city with at least 50,000 residents and its surrounding suburbs.

Twelve of the 28 cities with the largest shares of residents 60 and over are located in Florida. Nearly 70% of the Villages’ population in Florida is at least 60 years old, 16.2 percentage points greater than the city with the second-largest elderly population.

The following are the 28 cities with the largest shares of people 60 years old and over. All of these cities had a share greater than 30% in 2018.


28. 30.1% of the population in Kingsport, Tennessee, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:92,231


27. 30.5% of the population in Sierra Vista, Arizona, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:38,672


26. 30.7% of the population in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:40,498


25. 30.8% of the population in Weirton, West Virginia, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:36,984


24. 31.4% of the population in Lewiston, Idaho, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:19,783


23. 31.5% of the population in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:39,858


22. 32.0% of the population in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:31,751


21. 32.1% of the population in Palm Bay, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:191,416


20. 32.2% of the population in Salisbury, Maryland, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:131,989


19. 32.4% of the population in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:48,548


18. 32.5% of the population in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:70,798


17. 33.1% of the population in Deltona, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Daytona Beach, which is part of US Census Bureau’s metropolitan statistical area of Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida. SOPA Images / Contributor/Getty Images

Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:218,033


16. 33.3% of the population in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:160,507


15. 34.3% of the population in Grants Pass, Oregon, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:29,992


14. 34.9% of the population in Ocean City, New Jersey, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:32,273


13. 35.2% of the population in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:169,360


12. 35.6% of the population in Cape Coral, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:268,785


11. 35.8% of the population in Ocala, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:129,048


8 (tie). 39.4% of the population in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:82,568


8 (tie). 39.4% of the population in Naples, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:149,247


8 (tie). 39.4% of the population in Barnstable Town, Massachusetts, is at least 60 years old.

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Barnstable is part of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:84,127


7. 39.8% of the population in North Port, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:327,067


6. 41.0% of the population in Prescott, Arizona, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:95,141


4 (tie). 42.9% of the population in Sebastian, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:67,498


4 (tie). 42.9% of the population in Sebring, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:45,206


3. 46.2% of the population in Homosassa Springs, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:68,279


2. 49.7% of the population in Punta Gorda, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:91,878


1. 65.9% of the population in The Villages, Florida, is at least 60 years old.

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Number of people aged 60 and older in 2018:84,858