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Austin senior population brings silver tsunamiAustin senior population brings silver tsunamihttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=37422014-07-01T11:55:00Z2014-07-01T00:00:00Z

AUSTIN - The senior population in the Austin area grew at a faster rate than any other age group between April 2010 and July 2013, according to the most recent census estimates.

The estimates bolster a previous city report that found Austin has the third-fastest growing senior population in the country, and the nation’s fastest growing “pre-senior” population, or those 55 to 64.

That “silver tsunami” carries implications for everything from Austin’s health care system to its transportation to the seemingly inevitable balancing the city will have to do between the costs of programs for the growing elderly population against the region’s other needs.

It isn’t clear from the census estimates how much of the growing senior population has recently moved to Austin from somewhere else, and how much of it is simply baby boomers reaching their silver years.

Austin Population Estimates July 2013
  Travis County Williamson County Hays County
Age Group Est. Pop. Chg.* Est. Pop. Chg.* Est. Pop. Chg.*
65 - 69 34,158 32% 18,023 33% 6,732 40%
70 - 74 20,926 24% 12,410 35% 4,012 24%
75 - 79 14,329 11% 8,189 26% 2,708 21%
80 - 84 10,544 9% 5,268 18% 1,735 10%
85+ 11,348 21% 5,151 29% 1,744 23%

*Change from April 2010
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Read more at the Austin American-Statesman.

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