See how the Houston area demographics have changed

by Lauren Clohessy

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The nation experienced a certain shift age distributions over the last decade. With Baby Boomers moving on to retirement, Millennials and Gen Xers began to make up the working population.

To determine where the different demographics are more present, Trulia created a report to see where the youngest and oldest places are in America. The report broke down county demographics into three categories: Young (ages 0-19), working age (ages 20-64) and elderly (65+ years).  After the demographic breakdown, the report compared the population percentages of 2010 and 2017 to show the shift in recent years.

On average, people in the elderly population concentrated towards the South. There was also a significant amount of elderly in the Pacific Northwest and parts of New England.

The youngest generation had the highest population in Utah, rightfully so as they have the highest birth rate.

Harris County

Harris County saw the highest working age in 2017 and lowest elderly percentage, despite a small increase. The elderly made up 10.2 percent of the population in 2017, up from 8.1 percent in 2010. In 2017, the young made up 29.4 percent, dropping from 30.9 percent in 2010. The working age dropped from 61 percent to 60.4 percent by 2017. The median home value for Harris was $182,000 in 2017.

Montgomery County

For the Houston area, Montgomery County had the highest elderly percentage within the area with 12.9 percent, an increase from 10.4 percent in 2010. Both the young and working age demographics saw a drop from 2010. The young population made up 30.1 percent of population in 2010, but only 28.8 percent by 2017. For the working ages group, 58.3 percent made up the population in 2017, while it was 59.5 percent in 2010. Montgomery had a median home value of $240,900.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County had the highest percentage in the young demographic for both 2010 and 2017, even though the population did drop from 32.3 percent to 30.2 percent. Similar to the other counties, Fort Bend saw a decrease in working and an increase in the elderly. The working age population decreased from 60.4 percent to 59.2 percent by 2017. The elderly increased from 7.3 percent to 10.6 percent. In 2017, Fort Bend had a 253,400 median home value.

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