Friday, March 9, 2012
In the United States, it's fairly well-known that the population of individuals over the age of 65 is exploding. One less reported aspect of that story is the wide variation in the rate of growth of the senior population at the state and local level. Urbanland has a story on where seniors currently live, where they're headed, and how these decisions will impact communities:
Seniors benefit communities as well as present them with challenges. For instance, seniors are wealthier than any other age group . . . . They also are more politically conservative, and what they want in and need from a community is often quite different from what young families want and need. . . . Seniors are, for instance, pushing for more parks, open space, and libraries, often at the expense of funds for schools and playgrounds.