Population by Age
What does this measure?
The change in population of a geographic area broken down by selected age groups since 2000.
Why is this important?
Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities, and an area's needs and assets. For example, areas with large or growing populations of seniors or children may face challenges in providing needed services and generating enough tax revenue to support those services.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Like the state (excluding NYC) and nation, Dutchess County has an aging population. The share of the county's population aged 85 and over grew 58% since 2000, the fastest growing age group in the county, followed by the 60 to 84 age group, which grew 48%. In total, 22% of Dutchess' 2015 population was over the age of 60.
Conversely, both the under 20, and the 20 to 39 age groups shrank (-13% and -6%) from 2000 to 2015, in line with statewide trends. The 40 to 59 age group grew by 12%, and remains the largest segment with 30% of total county residents.
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