The nation's median age topped 32 years for the first time last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, which means half of all Americans are older than that and half younger.

Here is a rundown of the median age of the U.S. population in the past:Year Age

1987 32.1

1986 31.8

1985 31.5

1984 31.2

1983 30.9

1982 30.6

1981 30.3

1980 30.0

1970 27.9

1960 29.4

1950 30.2

1940 29.0

Year Age

1930 26.4

1920 25.3

1910 24.1

1900 22.9

1890 22.0

1880 20.9

1870 20.2

1860 19.7

1850 18.9

1840 17.8

1830 17.2

1820 16.7