Population Change

Population growth is generally an indication of a healthy and prosperous economy. It can indicate that a region is desirable and is attracting people to live there. Increased population also provides economic opportunities for new and existing businesses. However, growth is not a panacea, and can bring with it additional concerns and strain existing resources. Erratic growth, no-growth, or long-term decline in population is generally an indication of a struggling economy. Population should be tracked over time and compared against similar regions.

Age Groups

Understanding how different age groups in a community are changing can help identify potential social issues, such as people graduating and then leaving the area. It can highlight the ages of people who are attracted to your community, such as retirees. It can also help to evaluate if your community is sufficiently planning for childcare and eldercare needs in the future. The interactive charts below can help you explore the data around changes in age groups for your region.  The first chart allows you to pick multiple counties to assess how changes in an age group compare to your peers. The second chart allows you to choose a single county and evaluate the trends of each age group for that county. Different trends can highlight areas of potential exploration as to why those differences exist.  

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