February 23, 2014 |
In 2011, toward the end of his second tour of duty, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Wood was a valued asset to the mission. As a skilled intelligence officer, he monitored radio transmissions, analyzed data, and mapped targets, providing critical information used to combat terrorist cells in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, and a few posts he is not at liberty to disclose. "I felt important," Wood said. And that self-satisfaction disturbed him. "Something was missing. " Two years later, instead of supporting the killing side of peacekeeping, he is studying to be a healer.
July 21, 1998 |
West Virginia has stayed ahead of Florida as home to the nation's oldest population - though not by much. According to census numbers released yesterday, the median age of residents of West Virginia is 38.1 years, the oldest in the nation for the second consecutive year. Florida is second oldest at 38 years, with Pennsylvania third at 37.3 years. In each state, half the residents are older and half younger than the median figure. As has been the case for several years, Utah has the youngest median age - 26.9.
April 24, 1992 |
HARPER'S INDEX Some offbeat statistical data compiled by the staff of Harper's Magazine: Estimated number of Americans who had foreclosure proceedings initiated against them in 1991: 488,800. Chances that a white American earning less than $28,000 per year will be denied a mortgage: 1 in 4.3. Chances that a black American earning more than $42,000 per year will be denied a mortgage: 1 in 4.7. Percentage of Americans who believe that news coverage of the economy has had a "negative effect" on it: 49. Median age of a new mother in 1940: 23.2.
May 26, 2011 |
New Jersey's population is growing grayer, more unmarried partners are living together, and an increasing number of residents identify as Mexican or Asian Indian. These were just a few snapshots revealed in the latest U.S. Census information, released Thursday. Some of the most striking changes involve the growth of ethnic groups, which has helped fuel the increase in the region's diversity. Camden County College, for example, offers an "accent reduction" course in English, and the school just began offering a basic English class for continuing education.
April 19, 1988 |
With little fanfare and less analysis, America recently passed another milestone. It turned 32. Or so says the Census Bureau, which has just announced that, as of last July 1, the population's median age reached 32.1 years. For the first time in its history, in other words, there are as many Americans above 32 as below. That puts the nation in a pretty exclusive club - up there with Sweden (median age 37.5) and West Germany (median age 37.7). The developing nations, by contrast, tend to be much younger: Kenya's median age is 19.2, and Mexico's is 22.7.
May 4, 1989 |
LOWERING STRESS. Money may not buy happiness, but a study suggests that it certainly can reduce stress. Analyzing the results of a Harris poll, Sheldon Cohen, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, found that stress tended to decrease as age and household income increased. "The people who seem to be best off are in the $45,000- to $50,000-a-year range," Cohen says. LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE. Eating potassium-rich fresh fruits and vegetables may prevent or lower high blood pressure.
June 15, 1999 |
Pennsylvania is not just a state with lots of elderly people. It's a state with lots of VERY old people, a new Census Bureau report said. Underscoring the long-term trend of an aging population, Pennsylvania's fastest-growing group is residents ages 85 and older, the Census report released today said. Pennsylvania saw the number of people in the oldest category jump 31 percent between April 1990 and July 1998, the report said. In contrast, the state's population of people ages 18-24 dropped 17 percent during the same period.
December 10, 1986 |
American women are postponing marriage longer than ever before, tying the knot later than even their great-great grandmothers of the 1890s, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. The typical first-time bride is 23.3 years old when she goes to the altar, the highest median age for women to marry since the government started keeping statistics. And the median age of 25.5 for their bridegrooms hasn't been topped since 1900, according to the bureau. The study, "Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1985," also appeared to contain some favorable news for marriage-minded women, who were told in a heavily publicized Yale University study earlier this year that their chances of ever marrying were only 20 percent if they were still single at 30. Among adults ages 25 to 34, the bureau said, there were 119 unmarried women for every 100 unmarried men. For young adults ages 15 to 24, there were 112 unarried women for every 100 unmarried men. At age 35, unmarried women started to outnumber unmarried men. For adults between 35 and 44 years, there were 84 men for every 100 women.
May 21, 1991 |
While Pennsylvania's overall population grew hardly at all between 1980 and 1990, the state's older population grew dramatically. During the decade, the number of Pennsylvanians 65 years of age and older grew by more than 298,000 - a 19 percent gain, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau scheduled for release today. The greatest growth among older residents was among what demographers call the "old old" - those 85 years of age and older. That group increased 32 percent between 1980 and 1990, according to census figures.
March 17, 1999 |
Simply put, in the years ahead, there won't be enough younger workers to go around. So employers will have to depend more on older workers to fill the available jobs. Experts predict a bulge of aging baby boomers, coupled with slower growth of the population and total labor force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Between 1996 and 2006, the fastest-growing segment of the American work force will be aged 55 to 64. In 1996, the median age of workers nationwide was 38. By 2006, the median age will be 41. The gap between population growth and job growth is growing.