California is Aging but Two Counties Are Getting Slightly Younger

Should we ever discover the fountain of youth, it almost certainly won’t be in California. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the Golden State is turning greyer every year, with just two counties -- Butte and San Francisco -- seeing a decline in median age in 2017.

That decline was minor, from 37.2 years to 37.1 years for Butte between 2010 and 2017 and 38.5 years to 38.2 years for San Francisco over the same time period.

Nationwide, the trend was similar to California’s. The national median age went up from 37.2 years to 38.0 years between 2010 to 2017. Experts say that is likely to continue through 2060.

“Baby boomers, and millennials alike, are responsible for this trend in increased aging,” said Census Bureau demographer Molly Cromwell. “Boomers continue to age and are slowly outnumbering children as the birth rate has declined steadily over the last decade.”

Read more about the latest census data here


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