Metro Atlanta is rapidly graying, creating new priorities and problems for a region largely geared to young people and working families, AJC reporters Craig Schneider and John Perry write.
The number of people 65 and older grew by 44 percent from 2000 to 2010 within Atlanta’s 28-county metropolitan statistical area, according to U.S. Census figures released today.
That’s 145,000 additional seniors who need their own types of housing, transportation and recreational activities — bringing the total number of seniors to nearly 472,000, the reporters write. In many areas, service providers are failing to keep pace with demand.
The regional growth of the senior population greatly exceeded the rate of overall population growth, which was 24 percent, the reporters write. The Atlanta region also is graying considerably faster than the nation as a whole.
The trend is being driven by baby boomers who are becoming senior citizens and older adults who are living longer, the reporters write. The fact that Atlanta is outpacing the nation suggests that quite a few seniors are choosing to relocate here.
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