The Next America

America is changing. Anyone who looks long enough will see that today’s demographics do not represent those of decades past. According to Paul Taylor, author of the “The Next America,”  the altering demographics of our country “will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.”

Whereas age distribution tables used to resemble a pyramid, with large youth populations at the bottom and small populations of seniors at the top, today’s charts resemble a rectangle.pew

So what does this mean for nonprofit organizations?

Expect nonprofit organizations to play an increasingly important role in the lives of seniors. Our demographic transitions will require us to make some important decisions regarding our communities and our social service programs. With less youth to support our aging parents and grandparents, we will experience a strain on our finances as entitlement programs must be expanded. That’s where nonprofit and community organizations come in.

So what will Allen County look like in thirty years? Take a look at the Community Research Institute‘s report based on the 2010 Census information. Pay specific attention to the information about the aging population. The report states that  “Seniors are projected to grow to be 19.3 percent of the county population by 2040 from 11.9 percent in 2010. This is a substantial change to the county population and carries with it all sort of implications, from tax bases to social services.”

Have you or your organization been impacted by Allen County’s changing demographics?

Share your ideas with us in the comments section.

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