September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Places with the oldest inhabitants | aging

The older part of the population is growing rapidly in the USA. The national median age has increased by 3.4 years since 2000 to 38.8 years in 2021, according to recently released data from the US Census Bureau.

Populations in every state (except Maine) are aging. In addition, there are some places with a significantly higher average age. Each of these places has an average age, which is the point at which half the population is older and half is younger, 60 years or older.

Based on data from the US Census Bureau, the places in the US with the oldest residents are:

  • Sumter County, Fla.
  • Kalawao County, Hawaii.
  • Catron County, New Mexico.
  • Harding County, New Mexico.
  • Charlotte County, Fla.
  • County Jeff Davis, Texas.

Sumter County, Fla

With a median age of 68.3, this Florida county includes The Villages, a popular retirement community. Located between Orlando and Tampa, Sumter County offers access to nearby metro areas and both coasts. Temperatures are mild in winter, but summer weather can be hot. The area offers golf courses, town courses with regular live entertainment, sports, recreational activities, shopping and dining.

Kalawao County, Hawaii

Kalawao is one of the smallest counties in the United States by area and also has a small population. The county is located on the north coast of the island of Molokai. The land includes sheer sea cliffs that rise from the water to the nearby mountains. A volcanic eruption created what is now a flat, sheet-like peninsula. Kalawao County has a median age of 65.5 years.

Catron County, New Mexico

As the largest county in New Mexico, Catron covers nearly 7,000 square miles. It has an average age of 61.8 years and is sparsely populated. Named for one of the state’s first senators, Thomas B. Catron, the county has a rich history including some of the earliest settlers in North America. The county is located in the western part of the state and borders Arizona.

Harding County, New Mexico

Harding County is north and east of Catron County in the northeast corner of New Mexico. Its population has an average age of 60.3 years and is the most sparsely populated county in the state. The county was founded on President Warren G. Harding’s inauguration day and is named after him. The area suffered during the Great Plains Dust Bowl in the 1930s and never fully recovered. Ranching dominates the county’s economic activity, and residents enjoy the open country and sprawling plains. Mesas, grasslands, and rivers also make up the area’s geography.

Charlotte County, Fla

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this county has an average age of 60.2 years and is known for its attractive, fine sandy beaches. Residents, many of whom are retired, have access to a wide range of outdoor activities, including fishing, sailing, boating, shelling, collecting fossilized shark teeth, hiking and biking. Charlotte Harbor is the state’s second largest bay, and the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers more than 45,000 acres and protects more than 100 miles of shoreline. Much of the park is shallow water fringed by mangroves, which offers the chance to spot waders, manatees, and dolphins, among other marine life and wildlife.

County Jeff Davis, Texas

This pentagon shaped county with an average age of 60 touches Mexico at a single point. It became a county in 1887 and covers more than 2,000 square miles of land. Known as cattle country, Jeff Davis County is home to the Davis Mountains, the second highest mountain range in Texas. Several species that are considered rare or endangered live in this county, including the silver haired bat, short-horned lizard and ribbon-tailed pigeon.