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Ohio Counties Are Seeing Seniors Outnumber Youth

A recent Columbus Dispatch article reported that census population estimates show 13 of Ohio’s 88 counties already had more people of retirement age in 2018 than they had children. One year earlier, in 2017, it was only nine counties. In 2010, only Noble County in southeast Ohio had experienced what some call “the flip.”

The drastic changes in population will come with a unique set of public health challenges and are causing many to look at the need to expand capacity and access to services, especially in the Appalachian region of the state where eleven of the thirteen counties are located.

The U.S. Census Bureau report estimates that 64 of Ohio’s 88 counties are on target for the older group to outnumber the younger one by 2020.

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