As a whole, Sacramento County’s population is aging. However, between 2004 and 2013 the population under 25 grew at a faster rate than the total population overall. By the year 2060 the California Department of Finance projects that one in five residents (20%, 430,000) will be under the age of 18. The population that is 65 and older is projected to triple by 2060. In Sacramento County the Senior population is expected to reach more than 520,000 and represent 24% of all residents.
Population Projections by Age
- Service and resource needs vary considerably over the course of childhood, and must be planned for accordingly.
How are we doing?
- The 2013 population estimate for children, youth and young adults under the age of 25 in Sacramento County is 503,455.
- The number of children, youth and young adults has increase by more than 45,000 (45,751) or 10% in the last 10 years, and currently accounts for 35% of the total population.
- Most of the growth in the last decade has occurred in children under the age of 11.
Shifting Age Groups
Why is this important?
- The distribution of youth, working-age, and retired individuals has impacts on the capacities of a community. Priorities and service needs are shaped by the composition of the community. Similarly, the ability to generate sufficient resources to meet needs is dependent upon a wage-earning population.
How are we doing?
- The number of people living in Sacramento County will continue to grow across all age groups.
- The highest proportion of growth will be in the 64 and older population, where seniors will account for nearly 24% of all residents by 2060.
- While the proportion of children under the age of 18 is expected to decline slightly from 26% to 20% of the total population by 2060, the number of children living in Sacramento County is projected to increase by more than 67,000.
Data Source:California Department of Finance