Starting in 2011 the first baby boomers began to turn 65. According to a recent AARP study 10,000 boomers turn 65 every day. This trend will continue until 2030. Clay County’s 65+ population is expected to be between 15 to 19.99% of the population in the next 15 years.
Good chance you’ve already heard or read stories about this demographic trend. Maybe you’ve noticed these changes in your neighborhood or our city. What does this mean for cities? Every city will answer this question differently based on its unique history and goals.
Excelsior Springs is undertaking the challenge to answer this question for our city. Excelsior Springs City Council has committed to become intentional in our city’s approach and response to the anticipated increase of older adults.
We also recognize the Millennial generation, which outnumbers the Boomers by several million, will also age. Fortunately, Boomers and Millennials share similar preferences such as housing, transportation, and walkabout neighborhoods/cities. This means Excelsior Springs is preparing our city not only for boomers as they age, but as a city that our millennial residents may choose to remain throughout their lifespan.
Creating safe pedestrian avenues throughout the community for older adults also provides a community that meets the needs of families with young children.