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Census: Philly Metro Getting Older

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    The population in Chester County, as well as the greater Philadelphia metro region, continues to get older, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The number of people over the age of 65 in Chester County jumped 13 percent between April 2010 and July 2013, while the overall population only grew 2.1 percent in that same period, based on figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

    “What we are seeing in the Philadelphia metro counties is similar to the national trend,” said Jennifer Ortman, chief of the Census Bureau’s Population Projections Branch. “The baby boomers are growing older.”

    The estimates show Bucks, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, as well as the city of Philadelphia, had a surge in the number of residents aged 65 or older.

    “By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older,” Ortman said.

    Here's a breakdown:

      Bucks Chester Delaware Lancaster Lehigh Montgomery Philadelphia
    65 or older in April 2010 91,219 63,875 79,726 77,780 51,604 120,727 185,309
    65 or older in July 2013 101,543 72,260 83,515 85,085 55,785 130,741 192,737
    Total population in April 2010 625,249 498,886 558,979 519,445 349,497 799,874 1,526,006
    Total population in July 2013 626,976 509,468 561,973 529,600 355,092 812,376 1,553,165

    Falling fertility rates also contributed to the change in demographics, she said.

    As the older segment of the population grew, those 19-years-old or younger living in Chester County fell 1.4 percent between April 2010 and July 2013, the estimates show.

    Ortman expects the makeup of the local and the national population to continue to skew older in the future.

    “Most of the United States right now is aging,” she said. “That is a combination of the effects of fertility rates going down and the aging baby boomers.”

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