With Population Aging, Who Will Power Economy?

The oldest U.S. states in median age are: Maine (43.5 years), Vermont (42.3 years) and New Hampshire (42 years), according to newly updated data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The three remaining New England states are up there too: Connecticut (40.5 years); Rhode Island (39.8 years) and Massachusetts (39.3 years).

Nationally, the median age was 37.4 years.

More than 43 million Americans are age 65 and over—up more than 7% since 2010, compared with total population growth under 2%.

Moreover, more white people died in the U.S. last year than were born. That, on top of last year’s revelation that minorities now account for the majority of babies born in the U.S., shows the nation will increasingly depend upon its young, largely minority population, to power the economy and the well-being of its aging white population, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey told The Washington Post.


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