An interesting footnote to all the stories about New York’s population growth decline is that its median age is fairly high. New York State ranks 30th in median age at 38. New York City’s median age is somewhat lower at 35.
New York’s median age has been rising steadily due to low birth rates. In 1990, the city and the state had a median age below 34. Property taxes for the schools that attracted many residents upstate have helped price the area out raising its median age upstate while the local rust belt hasn’t exactly attracted workers in poorer areas.
A variation of the same thing happened in New York City complete with ridiculously low marriage and birth rates.
New York state has the highest percentage of women who have never been married. Within New York City those statistics are higher than the state-wide. Never-married women make up 41.7 percent of the population, up from 38.7 percent in 2006. For men, the figures are even more dramatic: 46.7 percent have never been married, up from 43.4 percent in 2006.
By race, Asians in the city are the most likely to have been married. But 51 percent of black women and 54 percent of black men have never married, higher than any other group.
The percentage of mothers who are unmarried has risen. Thirty-seven percent of the city’s mothers were unmarried in 2010, up from 33.5 percent in 2009.
It’s not hard to see then why the median age is rising and why New York isn’t growing as fast as other places. But it’s interesting to look at which states have the youngest median age.
1. 29.20 Utah / 2,763,885
2. 33.60 Texas / 25,145,561
3. 33.80 District of Columbia / 601,723
3. 33.80 Alaska / 710,231
5. 34.60 Idaho / 1,567,582
6. 35.20 California / 37,253,956
7. 35.30 Georgia / 9,687,653
8. 35.80 Louisiana / 4,533,372
9. 35.90 Arizona / 6,392,017
10. 36.00 Kansas / 2,853,118
Utah is the big winner for the obvious reason that it has the largest families. DC is a city and shouldn’t be listed here. Cities tend to have a younger median age. The top 5 median age states however are reddish conservative places.
California shows up due to its migrant magnet, but the rest of the top ten also trend red. What hope there is for America comes from places like these.
Take immigration off the table and you would see a very different picture with blue states dying out and red states growing. Immigration sustains the population growth of blue states while bankrupting them and turning them into disaster areas.