The Washington Postin
In the 1800s, America’s young men went West for gold. Today, younger folks are heading to the heartland for oil and gas.
As a result, while the rest of America is getting older, there’s a chunk of the country that’s getting younger, according to census data released today.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s data shows the median age is coming down in Oklahoma, Montana, North and South Dakota and Wyoming — states where energy is being extracted from the earth at a record pace in part through America’s new wave of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
“We’re seeing the demographic impact of two booms,” U.S. Census Bureau director John Thompson said in a statement. “The population in the Great Plains energy boom states is becoming younger and more male as workers move in seeking employment in the oil and gas industry, while the U.S. as a whole continues to age as the youngest of the baby boom generation enters their 50s.”