Population Trend by Age Group

Finger Lakes Region

This chart displays the trend of the Finger Lakes region population (in thousands) by age group from 1990-2020. In 1990, the regional population aged 65+ was approximately 159,000 individuals (13% of total population). By 2020, this group grew to approximately 238,000 individuals (19% of total population), representing a 50% increase in this population between that time period. These trends show an increase in the older adult population over the past several decades, and the Cornell University Program of Applied Demographics is anticipating that the region’s 65+ population will continue to grow through 2040. It is important to consider this shift in demographics when planning for the future as adequate healthcare, services and workforce will be needed to properly serve the older adult population.

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