Analysts project that in 10 years, at least 20 percent of Connecticut residents will be older than 65.
Among the contributing factors are longer life expectancies and the large baby boom generation, but these projections are nothing unexpected: Right now, one in three residents is older than 50 — and the passage of time will mean that, by 2025, almost every Connecticut town will have one in five residents over 65.
This is from an interactive report by Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging and the CT Data Collaborative, which explores how the Connecticut population is projected to age. Among the key findings:
- From 2010 to 2040, the over-65 population is projected to grow 57 percent. Meanwhile, the 20 to 64 population is projected to grow just 2 percent.
- Connecticut has the third-highest life expectancy of any state in the nation, at 80.8 years.
- The northwest and southeast corners of the state are already quite old.
TrendCT explored the aging population a few weeks ago. Orlando Rodriguez, who managed the population projection study in 2007, told TrendCT, “Our fertility rates are low, and we don’t have enough children in Connecticut to replace our population. We need in-migration, and when we have in-migration, they go to the cities where there are jobs. We mostly have people leaving because there are no jobs.”
Among the most interesting charts in the commission’s report is one showing the current age breakdown of Connecticut residents, which is at the top of this post. Currently, there are large peaks of residents between 35 and 44. But the chart allows you to see how these age groups are projected to change every 10 years until 2040, which allows the reader to see how this group of people will contribute to the 65-and-over population in the next 30 years.
Go to the full report to see more charts, graphs and maps.