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Kenai Peninsula growing older

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

KENAI (AP) -- As the population of the Kenai Peninsula grows larger, it also is growing older, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population of the borough grew by 8,889 people in the 1990s, reaching 49,691.

The central peninsula region grew the fastest, with the largest gains in unincorporated areas.

As the population of those between 45 to 54 years of age more than doubled, fewer children were being born and the number of young adults between 25 and 34 fell by almost 25 percent.

Helping to push the median age upward from 31.1 to 36.3 years of age during the preceding decade was the relatively rapid growth of the senior population.

Those 65 to 74 years of age grew from 1,489 in 1990 to 2,361 in 2000, a 58.6 percent increase. Those 75 to 84 years bounced 157 percent from 419 to 1,077, and those 85 years and older went from 79 to 211, a

167.1-percent jump.

The bulk of the peninsula's population, some 23,461 men and women, or about 47 percent, are between 25 and 54 years of age.

The borough's population remains relatively young, but it is older than the state as a whole, where the median age is 32.4 years.

Seldovia has the oldest average age at 45.3 years. Homer and Seward both slightly exceed the borough median, while Kenai and Soldotna are slightly lower.



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