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 are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
Like the state and nation, Cayuga and Seneca counties both have aging populations with growing numbers of residents older than 40. In Cayuga and Seneca, the 85+ population group grew the most between 2000 and 2010, 36% and 27%, respectively. The 85+ group was the fastest growing group in all the comparison counties, the state (excluding NYC), and the nation, with exception of Wayne County. The two next oldest groups (ages 40–59 and 60–84) also had strong growth in the double digits in all the counties, the state and the nation. There were generally losses in the under 20 and 20–39 groups, though the nation had small gains in the younger populations.
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