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Census report: Wisconsin's population grows older

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  If you think you’re seeing fewer young people in Wisconsin, you’re right. The U-S Census Bureau said this morning that 14.4-percent of the state’s population was 65-or-older as of last July. That’s seven-tenths-of-a-percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824,500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124,000 who were 85-or-older – an increase of 6,000 during the previous two years.

Also, Wisconsin’s percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13-point-seven percent. The median age of Wisconsinites was 38.9 last July – four-tenths-of-a-year older than in 2010. For the first time, the median age of Wisconsin women is above 40.

The fastest-growing demographic group is multi-racial. About 96,000 Wisconsinites are of more than one race – almost 8-percent more than in the 2010 Census.