Monday, November 2, 2015

Changes in Median Age For White and Minority Populations

Over the last decade our median age in the region has risen, having gone from 39.7 years of age 10 years ago to 42.1 in 2014. Much of this is driven by an aging white, non-Hispanic population. Among whites, the median age over the period from 2005 to 2014 rose from 40.7 to 44.8 years of age. Conversely, the minority population (meaning anyone who is not white, Non-Hispanic) has actually gotten younger over the past 10 years. Among minorities, the median age has dropped from 28.7 years of age to 26.2. As this portion of our population grows (minorities now make up about 15% of our population compared to 10% a decade ago) this younger influence will probably begin to influence our median age statistics.

The graph below shows you how these two populations' median ages have changed in our area between 2005 to 2014. Click to enlarge the graphic.