Old-Age Dependency

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United States Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program

This indicator represents the number of people age 65 or older (retirement age) relative to the total number of people 20-64 (working age). A high and/or rising dependency ratio can signal strain on systems and services older populations depend on, especially in the areas of economics and health. A high ratio may also create a mismatch between the resources available to fund services related to quality of life, and the ability of local governments to provide such services.

KEY FACT: In 2019, the old-age dependency ratio in our region was lower than the in the nation as a whole.