Alaska Grows And Grays

<p>Demographers are estimating that the population of Alaska will surpass 800,000 by the year 2030. The population 65 and older is expected to grow the fastest between now and then.</p>
November 19, 2007, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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"Demographers Greg Williams and Eddie Hunsinger admitted it's difficult to predict future population growth. But using a series of historical data and generally accepted practices, they predict the senior population will more than triple, the combined Anchorage and Mat-Su region will continue to grow and the Southeast region will continue to decline."

"Population figures show that the fastest-growing age group by the year 2030 will be those 65 years and older. This sector will triple, increasing from 45,391 in 2006 to 134,391 by 2030."

"Anchorage and the Mat-Su are still the fastest growing areas in Alaska, with a combined population in 2006 of 359,987. That will likely grow to 488,553 by 2030."

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Published on Friday, November 16, 2007 in Anchorage Daily News
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