Demographic Trends in ArchOmaha
Did you know that the leading edge of the baby boomers will turn 75 next year? If the majority of our population is now retired and in their twilight years, what does this mean for our parishes?
Did you know that 1/3 of the population experiences a bout of poverty in a 3 year period? This means, even parishes in affluent parts of town have people in their pews facing poverty. What does this mean for the way we live mercy?
This week, a local demographer, David Drozd, walks us through some of the natural consequences to the demographic changes that are happening in our communities.
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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha
Fr. Jeff Lorig – Pastor at St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More
David Drozd – Research Coordinator or Demographer for the University of Nebraska at Omaha
State and Local Trends
- Diversity for all age groups, but especially among the young, has been increasing since 1990.
- Only 9 counties have more children today than in 2000.
- The number of people 75+ will soon dwarf children under 5.
- Prime age workforce changes – parish and school personnel might see quite a bit of turnover as people retire.