Upstate New York is getting older – that’s according to a new study that reviewed census data.
The numbers show the average age across Upstate has increased, going from around 33 years in 1990 to just over 40 years of age in 2010.
And there is a higher percentage of people 65 or older living in upstate New York than in the rest of the country.
So what’s behind the increase in age? Researchers say it’s due to college graduates not sticking around.
“The problem is, the past pattern suggests that they all leave,” said E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy.
The problem? Industries upstate aren’t attracting college grads.
There is hope, however, in the form of newer businesses like yogurt makers, an industry on the rise that could attract younger people looking for jobs.
“If you’re attracting and retaining young people, you’re in a good position to build for your future,” McMahon said.
It’s a start, but McHahon says upstate New York will need a lot more than just a few yogurt plants to help build for the future.
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