Lane County’s Age and Race Population Distributions

by Brian Rooney

August 20, 2019

Lane County’s population age distribution is similar to the statewide distribution, except Lane County has a slightly older population and a spike in the young adult cohorts due to college students at the University of Oregon.

The statewide and county age distributions have two distinct high points, the age groups that include 55 to 69 year olds and the age groups that include 25 to 39 year olds. The former represents the baby-boom generation and the latter, the millennial generation. While boomers are reaching retirement age, millennials are entering their prime working years. The result may be a temporary skill shortage as more people retire than there are skilled people to replace them. How serious this skill gap will become is uncertain, but the aging of the baby boomers should create opportunities for younger people who develop the right skills.
The age distribution of Lane’s population has slightly less people in prime working age between 30 and 54 and slightly more in the older age categories compared with the statewide distribution. Lane has a spike in the population of the young-adult (15-24) cohorts. The higher concentration of young adults can be explained by the fact that the University of Oregon and Lane Community College attract tens of thousands of out-of-county young people.
Minority racial and ethnic proportions in Lane County are similar to the statewide proportions. Lane County is 89.1 percent white, compared with 86.8 percent statewide. The next highest racial category in the county is Asian, at 3.2 percent. The reported Hispanic ethnicity is 9.1 percent in Lane County, compared with 13.3 percent statewide.

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