Most college grads, but we're the 3rd oldest state in the US

Cape has old population and getting poorer says five year Census survey

We still have the highest percentage of college graduates, and the number of our kids who got a high school diploma grew 3 percent too. But while the state actually grew a little in population since 2005, it probably was not enough to save all ten of our Congressional districts - we may lose one.


The 10th District (blue) is a Gerrymander, and may be changed by the new census figures.

That's according to the five-year survey, known as the American Community Survey, which provides the fullest portrait of the nation since the 2000 Census.

If Massachusetts loses one of our ten Congressional districts when the 2010 Census report is approved next year, newly-elected Bill Keating's future may depend more on whether Barney Frank retires and/or Mike Capuano decides to run against Scott Brown in 2012.

With a median age of 38.5, Massachusetts had an older population than all but eight states, but a number of Cape Cod towns - including Orleans, Eastham and Chatham have similar median ages in the middle-to-late 50s.

While the medium income on Cape Cod is $4,400 less than the median statewide, it is still $60,096.

The number of people living here over 65 stayed the same at a quarter of the population, while statewide it's an eighth, 25 percent vs. 13 percent. That's good news for publications like Vitality and Primetime.

We marry later, and our home are now worth less

Statewide, Massachusetts women first married at a median age of 29 which is the third oldest in the country behind DC and Rhode Island. The medium age rose two years in the last three.

Bay State men wait on average a year longer, but that's still the third oldest in the country with only DC and New York getting wed later in life.

In the last five years the medium value of Massachusetts homes dropped $23,000 from $361,500 to $338,500.

Source: ACS.

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