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2030 forecast: Mostly gray...including Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota

April 21, 2005View for printing

The elderly population in every state will grow faster than the total population, and seniors will outnumber school-age children in 10 states in the next 25 years, population projections released today by the Census Bureau indicate.

No state had more elderly than children in 2000.

The Census Bureau predicts that 26 states will double their populations of people older than 65 by 2030, when the oldest members of the baby boom generation hit their 80s. Florida, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wyoming, North Dakota, Delaware, New Mexico, Montana, Maine and West Virginia will have fewer children than elderly. Only the District of Columbia will grow younger.

By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY

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