Wyoming population continues to get older

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate that Wyoming's population is still aging at one of the fastest rates in the country but has slowed down recently.

Census estimates show residents of the state age 65 and over grew 3.9% between July 2017 and July 2018 and the state's median age rose to 38.0 years.

State chief economist Wenlin Liu says the main reason for Wyoming's aging population is Baby Boomers growing older.

But he says Wyoming's economy also plays a role because younger workers are being drawn away to surrounding states that have more robust economies.

The state lost about 3,100 residents between July 2017 and July 2018.