Capitol Alert
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June 30, 2014

Thanks to high birth and immigration rates over the last several decades, California has one of the nation’s lowest proportions of over-65 residents – but it also has one of its higher elderly growth rates, a new Census Bureau report reveals.

With sharp decreases in birth and immigration rates in recent years and the aging of the huge baby boomer cohort, the report implies, California is poised for a big increase in its elder population, which is already the nation’s largest.

The state Department of Finance’s demographers have projected that California’s over-65 population, 4.2 million in 2010, will rise to more than 6 million by 2020 and double to 8.4 million by 2030. And with the elder population growing much more rapidly than the state as a whole, it would rise from 11.4 percent of Californians in 2010 to nearly 19 percent in 2030.

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