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Census shows Vt. population is getting older

MONTPELIER — The U.S. Census Bureau last week reported that the state’s median age crept up by two-tenths of a year between last summer and the year before.
Vermont’s median age was 42.6 in July 2014, up from 42.4 in July 2013. Nationwide, the median age was 37.7, up from 37.6 according to census data.
The Census Bureau released the demographic data this past Thursday along with a report detailing how even though the median age is going up nationwide, Millennials are outnumbering their Baby Boomer parents.
In Vermont, the opposite is true. There were 155,056 people between ages 14 and 32 as of July 1, 2014. There were 176,622 between ages 50 and 68 during the same time period, according to census data.
The statewide population was 626,562, a slight decrease from 626,855 in 2013. Franklin County was the only county in Vermont whose median age did not creep up over that yearlong period.
The oldest counties in Vermont were Essex, at 50.1 years old; Grand Isle, at 47.5 years old; and Windsor, at 47.2 years old. The youngest counties were Chittenden, at 36.3; Lamoille, at 40.5, and Franklin, at 40.6.
About 93.5 percent of the state is white, non-Hispanic. Maine was the whitest state in the U.S., with a rate slightly higher than Vermont’s at 93.8 percent.
Vermont’s largest minority group, which the Census defines any ethnic group other than white, non-Hispanic people, were Asian-Americans, at 12,654.

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