WSU Forecast: Elderly population to double, outnumber children

Wichita State University (KSN File photo)

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A university study projects the number of Kansans older than 65 will double in the next 50 years and outnumber children for the first time in state history.

The forecast released Wednesday by Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research also projects a 21.8 percent increase between 2014 and 2064 as the Kansas population reaches more than 3.5 million people. That is slower than the growth rate for the nation.

The biggest social and economic impact may come from projections that the state’s working age population is projected to increase only 10.3 percent.

Only 20 of the state’s 105 counties are projected grow in population. The remaining 85 counties will see declines.

More than 80 percent of Kansas residents will be living in metropolitan areas by 2064.

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