Retirement isn't coming easy for California baby boomers.
More than 740,000 California residents between ages 65 and 74 are employed or looking for work, roughly double the number from 15 years ago, according to a Sacramento Bee review of the latest census data.
Much of that growth reflects a swell of baby boomers entering retirement age. But the proportion of California seniors between ages 65 and 74 still working or looking for work also has risen, going from 20 percent in 2000 to 26 percent in 2014.
Californians are working longer for a number of reasons. Some do not have enough money to retire or are among a growing number of seniors living in poverty. Others are waiting to collect their full allotment of Social Security payments as the federal retirement age gradually rises from 65 to 67. Many are simply in good health and want to keep working as life spans increase.
California's working seniors are more likely to work as college professors, CEOs and doctors than younger workers, census figures show. Seniors are less likely to work in jobs that require significant manual labor or to work in entry-level, part-time jobs.
Seniors living in the Bay Area and Los Angeles metro area are the most likely to work past 65. The Sacramento region and the rest of the Central Valley have relatively low rates of seniors working beyond age 65.
Sources: US Census Bureau | Minnesota Population Center.