The first of the Baby Boomers turn 75 years old this year. As they have done with every stage of their lives, the Boomers will have an impact on economic geography as they enter the 75-plus age group.
It is quite possible that young people who want to start families are leaving the Seattle area in substantial numbers, but the implications are not really clear. Do we have a normal underlying, stable demographic with this churning of young adults layered on top?
Will 2019 prove to be the high water mark for the dense urban living envisioned by the GMA? Or will the slow, but unmistakable trends of the past decade reassert themselves once the pandemic passes?
Once again, the FYI Guy at the Times leaves us scratching our pointy little Indexer head, and waking in the night muttering “Margin of Error, Margin of Error!”
We need to recognize that strong patterns of in-migration to Washington and the Seattle area have been the norm for 169 years. People come here for some combination of opportunity and lifestyle. The pertinent question is, what would make people stop coming here?