Demographics – Impact of the Aging Population

Demographics – Impact of the Aging Population

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HCS/490 Health Care Consumer – Trends and Marketing


      Demographics is the study of the population as it pertains to particular geographic areas concerning age, sex, race, income, disability, and a host of other determining factors. Demographics of a population can be obtained through various means, the of the most reliable is that obtained through the government census. As instructed in Article 1, section 2 of the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution requires a census of the population every 10 years. The purpose of this is to obtain a correct count of the population for determining the number of representatives for each state to seat in Congress.

      The government also uses the collected information and breaks the demographics down according to state, counties, cities and towns for a true picture of the population of these areas. With this being known, the government uses this information for the distribution of monies for the various demographic needs of the population. Each individual of every age, sex, race, income, and disability has different needs, and as a result affects each geographic location differently.

      The Demographics of Monroe County, Michigan

      Monroe County, Michigan has a population of 152,949 as of the 2008 population estimate (U.S. Census). This reflects an estimated population increase of 4.8% from the 2000 census. This increase is due in part from persons moving south out of Detroit, Michigan and those moving north from Toledo, Ohio. Monroe County has a predominantely-white population of 95.3%, black persons 2.4%, with the remaining percentages divided between the other races (U.S. Census). Number of people living below the national poverty level as of 2008 according to the U.S. Census is 10.4%. Persons who fall in the category of 65 or older consist of 12.5% of the population (U.S. Census)....