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Bedford County is 'Older' Than Blair County


January 2, 2020

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2014-2018

The percentage of Pennsylvania's population age 65 and older was 17.4 percent, significantly higher than in 2009-2013 (15.7 percent). The percentage of residents age 65 and older significantly increased in all Pennsylvania counties. The labor force participation rate for the population age 75 and older increased in 52 counties.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Dec. 23 released its annual installment of new demographic and socio-economic data for every community in United States.

The data is referred to as the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. These estimates provide data for all Pennsylvania counties, municipalities, and other geographic areas regardless of population size.

The newest estimates can be compared with other non-overlapping releases (e.g., the 2009-2013 ACS Five-Year Estimates) to show change over time. For the purposes of this report, we focus on trends in the age 65 and older pop...

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