Population estimates released by the bureau June 24 show there were 292,117 people over age 65 living in the county last year. Seniors made up more than 11% of county residents as of July 1, 2019. In 2010, seniors accounted for just under 9% of all residents.
“The first Baby Boomers reached 65 years old in 2011,” said Luke Rogers, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch, in a press release. “Since then, there’s been a rapid increase in the size of the 65-and-older population, which grew by over a third [throughout the country] since 2010. No other age group saw such a fast increase.”
The aging population trend is consistent across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and Denton counties, all of which saw an uptick in residents age 65 and older between 2010-19. The county’s Hispanic population saw the most growth since 2010. It increased to 1.1 million residents in 2019, up by nearly 18% since 2010.
That group’s percentage of the total population increased from about 38% in 2010 to almost 41% in 2019.
There are fewer non-Hispanic white residents living in Dallas County now than before. In 2010, there were 745,508 non-Hispanic residents in the county. The bureau estimated that in 2019, the number decreased by 5% to 745,508.
The numbers of Black and Asian residents also increased between 2010-19, albeit less rapidly than the Hispanic population. Black residents now account for roughly 24% of the county’s population, while Asian residents make up about 7%.
The county’s overall population grew in this time frame from 2.4 million to 2.6 million, an increase of more than 8%.