Understanding the age structure of a community is essential to community planning. Age distribution suggests patterns of growth or decline. For instance, a top-heavy age distribution pyramid (i.e., an older population) in a community suggests negative population growth, which may cause implications for economic development, workforce, and service programming. A bottom-heavy pyramid (i.e., much younger population) in return, suggests potential for growth, but also an increased need for jobs, housing, childcare, and education.

North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
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