Palm Bay Has Greatest Baby Boomer Population Growth of All Mid-Sized Metro Areas In U.S.

By  //  December 18, 2015

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Baby Boomers are 24.5% of U.S. population

Palm Bay is listed in the number two spot for having the largest baby boomer population in the U.S. out of all mid-sized cities, and is also listed in the number one spot for seeing the greatest baby boomer population growth out of all mid-sized cities in the U.S. since 2009. (City of Palm Bay image)

Palm Bay is listed in the number two spot for having the largest baby boomer population in the U.S. out of all mid-sized cities, and is also listed in the number one spot for seeing the greatest baby boomer population growth out of all mid-sized cities in the U.S. since 2009. (City of Palm Bay image)

Palm Bay No. 2 For Having the Largest Baby Boomer Population in the U.S. Out of All Mid-Sized Cities

Headlight Data released several new reports on Thursday analyzing where Baby Boomers are living and moving to in the U.S., and how their populations have changed over the past several years.

Palm Bay is listed in the number two spot for having the largest baby boomer population in the U.S. out of all mid-sized cities, and is also listed in the number one spot for seeing the greatest baby boomer population growth out of all mid-sized cities in the U.S. since 2009.

Analysis is based on a recent release of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey illuminates which mid-sized metros are host to the greatest percentage of adults aged 50-69, commonly known as the Baby Boomer Generation.

Baby Boomers constitute 24.5% of the U.S. population.

Among mid-sized metros, the highest percentage of baby boomers is found in North Port-FL (30.4%). Palm Bay-FL (30.3%), Deltona-FL (30.0%) and Portland-ME (29.1%) follow. Other mid-sized metros with a high share of baby boomers are Cape Coral-FL, Youngstown-OH and Santa Rosa-CA.

The metros with the lowest percentage of baby boomers are Provo-UT (13.1%), McAllen-TX (16.5%), Ogden-UT (19.0%) and Bakersfield-CA (19.2%). El Paso-TX, Fresno-CA and Fayetteville-AR also have a low share of baby boomers.

Baby Boomers Mid-Sized 2014

From 2009 to 2014, baby boomers’ share of the U.S. population increased by 2.3 percentage points.

The mid-sized metros with the greatest 5-year increase in the percentage of baby boomers are Palm Bay-FL (+4.4 pts.), Deltona-FL (+4.0 pts.) and North Port (+3.1). Albuquerque-NM, Worcester-MA and Portland-ME also increased by more than 3 percentage points.

Provo-UT (+0.6 pts.), Colorado Springs-CO (+0.9 pts.) and Bakersfield-CA (+1.1 pts.) had the smallest increase from 2009 to 2014.  Springfield-MA, Fayetteville-AR and El Paso-TX also rank in the bottom 10.

Baby Boomers Mid-Sized Growth

Research, analysis and content developed by Headlight Data.  Original data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  

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