By Michelle Jones
77 million people were born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964. (U.S. Census)
Every 7 seconds, an American turns 50—that’s more than 12,500 people every day! (U.S. Census)
For the first time ever, seniors comprise the largest size and percent of the U.S. population. (U.S. Census)
And this baby boomer generation will continue to grow.
By 2015, those aged 50 and older will represent 45% of the U.S. population. (AARP)
What does this mean for you? Potential impacts to your community could include the need for additional resources (such as specialized health care), an increase in vacant housing as many are downsizing their homes, and more opportunities for volunteerism as many are looking to keep themselves busy after retirement.
Have you noticed an increase in age in your community? Baby Boomers are described as being between the ages of 45 and 64. Let’s take a look at some townships in Central Indiana that have seen a recent increase in this age group.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census, and American Community Survey 5-year Averages
Needham Township in Johnson County saw the greatest increase of these 5 Central Indiana townships. The population aged 45 to 64 in 2000 was 1,077. In 2010, it increased to 1,843. While total population increased 38%, the Baby Boomers increased 71%!
Is this increasing trend happening in your neighborhood? Go to SAVI and find out. Send us your responses and we’ll post them right here on our blog!
Michelle Jones is a GIS Analyst at The Polis Center.