Our region's total population has grown at a faster rate since 2000 than the state or nation. In 2010, there were about 938,100 residents, up 14% from 2000. This compares to growth of 12% in the state and 10% nationwide.
Our region’s population is getting older. The median age in our region grew from 36.8 in 2000 to 40.3 in 2010-14, above the median age in both the state and nation. The 60 to 84 years age group has been the fastest growing population in the region since 2000 (increasing 45%), followed by the population of residents age 85 years and older (40%). The 20 to 39 years population grew by only 3% over the same time period.
Populations for all major racial/ethnic groups increased since 2000. The population of Hispanics in the region nearly tripled, while the population of blacks and whites grew 22% and 14%, respectively.
Household size has remained flat in our region since 2000, compared to slight increases at the state and national levels. In 2010-14, the region’s average household had 2.5 members, compared to 2.6 in the state and 2.7 nationwide. Of the households in our region, 65% were family households, down from 68% in 2000.
Nearly a third of families with children in the region were single-parent families in 2010-14, less than the 36% statewide and 35% nationwide. Since 2000, the proportion of single-parent families in our region grew by 5 percentage points, on par with growth in the state and nation. The rate of single parenthood was higher among black families, 68%, than among families in other racial/ethnic groups.
More children were placed in state custody in the region than in the state. In 2013, 5.4 per 1,000 children were placed in state custody in our region, compared to 4.3 statewide.