According to the most recent census data, the town of Carleton Place is seeing growth in the numbers of older residents, with a drop in those aged 19 and under.
Chief Administrative Office Paul Knowles presented the figures to the June 6 meeting of the town’s planning and protection committee, noting such figures were valuable tools in discussions about how the town plans for and provides services and recreation programs. While Knowles pointed to significant population growth, the bulk was in the age brackets starting at 45.
Between 2001 and 2016, those Carleton Place residents aged 40-49 grew from 2,309 to 2,870, with individuals aged 60-79 increasing from 1,137 to 2,145.
“There’s fewer kids now than there were 15 years ago, and while we’re looking at a lot of growth, we don’t really know how many newcomers will be families with younger kids,” he said.
Asked whether the explosion in subdivisions might increase the number of younger Carleton Place residents, Knowles replied it was difficult to predict, noting many of the new units being brought on line are apartments or townhouses.
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