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 Ulster County performing?
Ulster County has an aging population. The 85 and over age group was the fastest growing in the county, with an increase of 53% between 2000 and 2015, while the 60 to 84 age group increased by 45%. Conversely, the under 20 and 20 to 39 populations both decreased, by 18% and 8%, respectively. The drop in the under 20 group was higher than the region (8% decline) or state (excluding NYC) (10% decline). The drop in the 20 to 39 population was also higher in Ulster than in Dutchess, Orange, or the state (excluding NYC). The 40 to 59 age group grew by only 1% but still remains the largest age group, with 29% of total county residents.
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