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In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that of Houston's two million plus population, almost 262 thousand, about 13%, were over 60 years old. Of those Houstonians, 43.9% were male and 56.1% were female. 2006 also happens to be the year that the first of our Baby Boomers reached the age of 60. Baby Boomers are defined as those people that were born between the years of 1946 and 1964.
In fact, the first Baby Boomer to receive a social security check was in Florida in 2008. By now, it's a familiar metaphor according to the Texas Department on Aging: "like a great tidal wave, the Baby Boomers are rolling through each stage of life and changing the social and economic aspects of life at that stage". It is estimated, by that group, that 5.6 million 'Baby Boom' Texans began reaching age 60 in 2006.
In a story published by khou.com Houston TX, it was stated that big cities are seeing gains as boomers delay retirement. "The population figures show that annual growth of retirement-destination counties slipped from 3.1 percent between 2000 and 2007, to 1.7 percent between 2007 and 2009". Texas appears to be an exception with its strong labor market, no state income tax, and desirable weather. Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston ranked first and second among metros with the most numerical gains, each adding more than 140,000 people.
The 2010 census demographics, if they reveal an increase of Baby Boomers and the addition of migrating older Americans, could have dynamic impacts on government and state funding. Texas stands to gain as many as four House seats and receive an increased share of funding which could be directed toward more programs for seniors in the Houston area.