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Older Population Growing
Revolution in Public Education
Women Make Less Than Men
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Issue: #482

July 3, 2017  

The Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma, a program of the Community Service Council, provides access to data generated from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

The Nation's Older Population Is Still Growing, Census Bureau Reports

The nation's population has a distinctly older age profile than it did 16 years ago, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released June 22.

New detailed estimates show the nation's median age - the age where half of the population is younger and the other half older - rose from 35.3 years on April 1, 2000, to 37.9 years on July 1, 2016.

"The baby-boom generation is largely responsible for this trend," said Peter Borsella, a demographer in the Population Division. "Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and will continue to do so for many years to come."

Residents age 65 and over grew from 35 million in 2000, to 49.2 million in 2016, accounting for 12.4 percent and 15.2 percent of the total population, respectively.

'We Have to Have a Massive Revolution in Public Education in the United States'
The Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. says improving schools is the way to open the middle class up to more black and white Americans.

Over the last four decades, the percentage of Americans who are solidly in the middle class has shrunk, from 61 to 50 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Some of those who have left the middle class are doing better, and others are doing worse. As the Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson put it, "The extremes grow at the expense of the center."

Straight Out of College, Women Make About $3 Less Per Hour Than Men
R ight out of college,  young men are paid more than their women peers  -which is surprising given that these recent graduates have the same amount of education and a limited amount of time to gain differential experience. While young men (age 21-24) with a college degree are paid an average hourly wage of $20.87 early in their careers, their female counterparts are paid an average hourly wage of just $17.88, or $2.99 less than men. This gap of $2.99 per hour is particularly striking as young women have higher rates of bachelor's degree attainment (20.4 percent) than young men (14.9 percent). This difference would translate to an annual wage gap of more than $6,000 for full-time workers.

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Until Next Week,

Melanie Poulter
Census Information Center

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