Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Few are aging in this place

Philadelphia attracted fewer over-65s between 2000-2010 than warmer climates, but no one is poking fun at the city because of it.

Few are aging in this place

Philadelphia has made a list that doesn’t appear to come with insults like heaviest, rudest, ugliest, or "corrupt and contented."

This time, Philadelphia is ranked fifth on a list of 10 cities in which the population segment 65 and older grew the least between 2000 and 2010 — just 4 percent.

All right, that does sound a bit like a put down, but New York City is on the list, too, albeit at the top. And the Big Apple is tied with St. Louis, of all places.

Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Providence, R.I., Milwaukee and Detroit are on the list, too. New Orleans is as well, but the city did take a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The demographics, analyzed by the Urban Land Institute’s John K. McIlwain and J. Ronald Terwilliger, confirm the continued move from chilly Northeast and Midwest to warmer climates, but not to New Orleans, for the reason stated).

Tampa also was on the list. Most seniors who move to Florida head to Orlando or Jacksonville, with increases of 29 percent and 31 percent, respectively, and not Tampa or Miami.

Don’t cry for Philadelphia, however. Census data show that the growing heart of Philadelphia — Center City — continues to attract young professionals and empty nesters, despite the real estate downturn.

Raleigh, N.C., was at the top of the list of metro areas seeing huge increases in its over-65 population — 60 percent. Los Angeles was No. 1 in the actual number of seniors moving in — 199,000.

The full Urban Land Institute article appears on The Atlantic Cities Place Matters website: http://goo.gl/yMmHx

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