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Region's population becoming more diverse, older

Jun 25, 2020 1:15 pm
Todd Kehoe is reporting for the Albany Business Review on the growing diversity in the city of Albany and the Capital Region. According to new data released June 25 by the U.S. Census Bureau, 14 percent of the region's population now identifies as an ethnicity other than white, an increase from 11.6 percent in 2010, and from less than 10 percent in 2000. The portion of the community that identifies as Hispanic increased also, to 5.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in 2010. Albany is less diverse than other major metro areas, but it is changing at a faster rate than other parts of upstate New York. While diversity is increasing, the data also shows the population is getting older quickly. Ten years ago 14.8 percent of the greater Capital Region was 65 or older, but in 2019 that group had grown to be 19 percent of the population, or nearly 1 in 5 people. Every county in the state saw a double-digit percentage growth in the senior population during the past decade. At the same time, the percentage of residents under the age of 18 decreased across the region and statewide. Rockland County was the only county in New York with more young residents in 2019 than in 2010. Read the full story in the Albany Business Review.
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