Thursday, December 1, 2011

And the Census just keeps on publishing. . .report on the 65-and-over population

 Nationally, between 2000 and 2010, the population 65 years and older grew at a more rapid rate (15 percent) than did population in general (less than 10 percent). But, don't blame the baby-boomers! The oldest baby boomers were only 64 in 2010. Blame the strong increase on the men. The male growth rate in the 65-plus age group measured almost 21 percent between the two census takings. The female population in that age group expanded by only 11 percent.

Of course, data watchers probably already know that Utah has a fairly small "senior" share--those over 65 comprise only 9 percent of total population compared to 13 percent nationally. In fact only Alaska shows a smaller share of seniors. Nevertheless, Utah's 65 and older population grew by 31 percent between 2000 and 2010--the seventh fastest rate in the country. Low share, but fast growth? What's up? Utah maintained faster-than-average population growth in general which is just reflected in the 65-plus growth rate. In fact, Alaska showed the fastest rate of senior growth in the nation.

The Census Bureau report also tracks data for those 85 and older. The map clearly shows that (unlike the elderly-dense Midwest), all Utah counties maintain a lower-than-average share of individuals 85 years and older.

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To read the full report, click here.