Thursday, June 13, 2013

Old is as old was

Yes, there is a quote from me today in the Trib: Census: Allegheny County youngest population grows. The short story here is that are seeing demographic impacts from the sustained turnaround in net migration into the region.  Now going on at least our 5th year of positive net migration.

There is a longer term story here of course.  From, frighteningly, 13 years ago is this oped: We're getting younger every year. I take responsibility for the title, though I think it would have been better phrased that everyone is getting older faster than we are. 

So the story continues today.  Governing is just out with a story and data on aging by state.New Census Estimates Show Areas Growing Oldest the Fastest.  In their table you will see that Pennsylvania's elderly population increase is one of the slowest growth rates in the nation.  Between 2010-2012, our elderly population increase by 0.5%.  States such as Colorado, Utah, Texas, and North Dakota all had increase over 3%.  It is going to be an ongoing trend well into the future.

The news today is just based on some new county level data put out by the census.  There is no update for municipal level demographics. Nonetheless, the story is really a corollary to the trends that have been going on in the city for going on two decades now, even though I know many think this is a new story.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

To be fair, a place with a disproportionately older population to begin with could get relatively younger just by those older people dying or migrating away. So to the extent this effect is also being driven by growth among the youngest cohorts, and not just shrinkage among the oldest cohorts, that is newsworthy.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Old people are fleeing in droves!

Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:11:00 PM  

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