Pennsylvania's Population Becoming Older, More Diverse
Pennsylvania's older and minority populations continue to grow, according to a new report released by Penn State Date Center.
The number of Pennsylvania residents 65 and older reached more than 2.1 million in 2014 — that's one in six people — continuing the trend of the state's increasing older population.
Since the 2010 Census, Pennsylvania's 65+ population has grown by 8.9 percent.
Over the next 20 years, the Pennsylvania Data Center projects that cohort group will continue to grow and peak to more than 3.2 million residents, making up nearly a quarter of the state's total population by 2035. This means Pennsylvania cities and communities need to plan for potential challenges that come along with an aging population — like access to affordable housing and increases in public health costs.