The U.S. Census just reported that almost 3/4ths of U.S. households have already sent in their 2010 Census forms. More than 72% of the forms have been mailed back, and that’s about the same rate as in 2000. That’s surprising considering the current political climate, with all the distrust and downright foaming-at-the-mouth anger toward government.
It will be interesting to see what the results have to show us about the baby boom generation. Take a look at these graphics – and yes, they are from a dreadful Census Bureau PowerPoint presentation:
Wow! When you look at these graphics, it’s easy to see why they call boomers a “pig in the python.” You can see us moving right through the old digestive tract. That last graphic is obviously just a projection, the latest Census figures will allow officials to hone their estimate of how many of us will still be around in 20 years.
It’ll also be interesting to see where the new Census says we are from a geographic standpoint. The last time the government took a look at that was in 2006 when the Census Bureau did a population estimate. Then, they reported that the five U.S. counties with the largest baby boomer growth rate were all – no surprise – in the Sun Belt – three of them in Florida.
Of course, that was in 2006; you know, before the bottom fell out of the real estate market. Wonder if the new data will show a boomer migration toward areas in the U.S. where the housing bubble didn’t burst.
Another thing the new Census will tell us is the sex ratio of baby boomers. In 2006, there were 96 male boomers per 100 female boomers. You know that gap is getting wider as we get older – the big question is just how wide will it be?