Sunday, May 18, 2008

old, older, oldest

In the NYT today with a dateline of Pittsburgh of course: As Deaths Outpace Births, Cities Adjust, by Sam Roberts and Sean D. Hamill.

But looking forward is a different type of story. Here is a graphic I sometimes point out to folks. From where we are at already and projecting out, there are places that are expecting to see some really phenomenal increases in their elderly populations. By state the projected percentage increase in the elderly (age 65+) population between 2000 and 2030 by state looks like this. And if I were put the Pittsburgh region into that graph, it would come in a full third lower than Pennsylvania overall depending on what you are defining as the region.


Blogger Burgher Jon said...


Do trends based on the math used for this graph tend to hold true? For example if you had posted this 30 years ago would PA (and Pittsburgh) have been way on the other side of the chart? Is this typically cyclical? If so, any idea how we could push are way to not cycles that aren't quite so violent?

(Sorry for all the questions, I'm just curious and would like to skip the step where I actually do research :-P)

Burgher Jon

Sunday, May 18, 2008 8:32:00 PM  

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