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Arizona’s average age still below U.S., but it’s catching up fast

Posted at 8:23 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 14:14:30-04

Arizona continues to be relatively young compared to the rest of the U.S., but it saw one of the nation’s biggest jumps in average age from 2010 to 2018, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

The state’s median age grew 2 years in that period, from 35.9 to 37.9 years, according to the 2018 Population Estimates released by the bureau Thursday.

The national average during the same period rose 1 year, from 37.2 to 38.2 years, the report said.

Arizona demographers attribute the change to increases in the number of older people moving in to the state and younger people moving out, which is leading to a lower birth rate in turn.

Read more about the demographics from the Phoenix Business Journal.