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 the region performing?
The population of the Mid-Hudson Valley Region is aging, in line with the nation and the state (excluding NYC). Both the population 85 and over and the population between 60 and 84 grew by 48% from 2000 to 2015. However, the regional population aged 20 to 39 decreased by 4%, compared to an increase of 7% at the national level. The under 20 age group fell by 8% regionally, but grew 2% for the nation. All counties exhibited trends similar to the region with one exception - Orange was the only county to see no overall change in the proportion of the population under 20, while Dutchess and Ulster both had double-digit percentage decreases.
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