The Counties With the Fastest Growing Population of Older Americans

The country as a whole is getting older—though some counties are aging faster than others.

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July 14, 2015, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"A new Pew Research Center analysis of the Census Bureau’s 2014 population estimates finds that 97% of counties saw an increase in their 65-and-older population since 2010" according to a post by Lauren Kent for the Pew Research Center website.

"On average, a U.S. county’s 65-and-older population grew by 12.4% from 2010 to 2014," reports Kent. But some counties aged faster than others, and Colorado counties are aging the fastest of all: "Douglas County, Colo., just south of Denver, led the nation with a 53.7% increase in the 65-and-older group from 2010 to 2014. Two other Colorado counties, Routt, on the Wyoming border, and Elbert, southeast of Denver, rounded out the top three, with growth rates above 50%."

The post also discusses Florida's aging as well as a few locations that actually got younger over the time period analyzed by the study.

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