While many young people are leaving Pennsylvania, those staying are citing family, the relatively low cost of living, and being members of a tight-knit community as the factors keeping them here, writes Stephen Caruso for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
The data on young people in Pennsylvania is somewhat contradictory. According to a report from Penn State’s Data Center, almost half of the people who left the state in 2016 were between 18 and 34 years old. However, another analysis from the same center found that between 2010 and 2017, the population of 20- to 34-year-olds in the state actually increased by 5.7 percent.
Still, there is no denying the fact that Pennsylvania’s population is graying. The most recent U.S. Census estimates show that the median age is currently 40.7, compared to a national median of 37.8, and that number has been rising since 2000.
Now, elected officials have started pitching ideas on how to keep young people in the state.
For example, Gov. Tom Wolf, in his most recent budget address, proposed a grant program for graduates from the state’s community colleges who decide to stay in Pennsylvania.
Read more about why young people are both staying and leaving the state in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star here.