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Developers adapt housing projects to keep Gen X here


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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    “When you’re in your 20s, you can double up with roommates,” said Kelly Cunningham, the study’s author and panelist. “But when you get married and have kids, you need an affordable place to live.”
    Race and ethnic demographics are also changing, said Cunningham, economist and senior fellow at the National University System Institute for Policy Research.
    The county’s white population is getting older, with a median age of 42.8 years, and the Latino population skews younger, with a median age of 28 years. According to the report, the Latino population under the age of 20 outnumbers whites by 35 percent.
   “You can carry these trends out and you can see how our regional demographics are changing over time,” Cunningham said.
    Populations reflect incomes, Cunningham added, describing the two-tier system with plenty of jobs at the top and bottoms of the pay scale, but fewer in the middle, where recovery has been slow since the recession.