Senior population grows in Wisconsin

Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 10:17 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Newly-released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Wisconsin's senior population continues to grow.

People 65 and older account for 14.4 percent of Wisconsin's population. That's an increase from 13.7 percent recorded in the April 2010 census. An estimated 824,500 seniors lived in Wisconsin last year. Nationwide, 43 million people are 65 and older.

The latest figures also provide a glimpse at the state's minority population. The fastest growing demographic is the multiracial population, which include some Hispanics. The Journal Sentinel says the multiracial population increased 7.7 percent over two years to about 96,000.

Non-Hispanic Asians were the second fastest growing group, increasing 6.9 percent to about 138,000.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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