U.S. Census estimate shows slight growth
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A recent halt to Allegheny County's population losses was fueled in part by a growth in the college-age population, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.
The federal bureau estimated in March that the county's population on July 1, 2009, ws 1,218,494 -- or 267 more than a year earlier. Though the increase was slight, it represented a break from a longtime decline.
On Thursday, the bureau provided an age breakdown for the population, estimating that the number of 18- to 24-year-olds in the county increased by 1,480, to 114,483. The number in that age group has grown each year since 2005, according to census estimates, and the number of those age 25-44 increased slightly for the first time in a decade.
Although Allegheny County's population continues to be older than that of most large counties, the number of residents 65 and above has actually fallen each year since 2000. The 85-plus population, however, continues to grow.
First Published June 11, 2010 12:00 am