2017-08-24 / Life in Leelanau

Aging population, staying healthy

Leelanau County is growing older, which helps explain why activities such as pickleball and yoga are growing in popularity.

But how old are we?

In the 2010 Census, 32 percent of the county’s 21,708 residents were age 60 and older. A Census Bureau estimate for 2015 put the percentage of those 60 and older at 39 percent, or 8,572 of the county’s 21,981 residents.

No doubt we have an even higher percentage of “senior citizens” today living in Leelanau.

The changing dynamics of the county population help explain surges in participation in pickleball and yoga — whose health benefits have been well documented — as well as our coverage this week.

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