Snapshots of the Isothermal Region–Population Over 65

Within the three counties, there are several areas where the number of people over 65 exceeds 40% of the total. This is not too surprising, given that all three counties have a higher median age than North Carolina’s of 37.8 (ACS 2015). Rutherford is the youngest of the three at 43.1; McDowell County is practically tied at 43.3. and Polk is the oldest at 50.9 (the second oldest in the State).


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