The change in population of a geographic area broken down by selected age groups since 2000.
Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities, and an area’s needs and assets. For example, areas with large or growing populations of seniors or children may face challenges in providing needed services and generating enough tax revenue to support those services.
Dutchess County has an aging population. The 85 and over age group was the fastest growing in the county at 36% since 2000, followed closely by the 60 to 84 age group with 27% growth. Conversely, both the under–20 and the 20 to 39 age groups declined in population from 2000 to 2010, in line with statewide trends and neighboring Ulster County. The 40 to 59 age group grew by 18% and remains the largest segment with 31% of total county residents.