Census data tell the story in Pike County

Pocono Record
May 29, 2012
Pike County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Michael Sullivan can crunch numbers like they’re an empty can of soda. He’s mined data to make the case for why Delaware Township is need of a supermarket. And at a recent Pike Chamber of Commerce breakfast, he detailed how the Pike population is getting older.

According to U.S. Census data, 6.5 percent of the national population is under the age of 5. In contrast, in Pike, 4.9 percent of the population is under 5, which explains the shrinking enrollment at Delaware Valley Elementary School. While there are fewer young children in Pike than the national average, there are more seniors than the national average. Nationally, 13 percent of Americans are over age 65. In Pike, 16.2 percent are over 65. It means the county needs services that appeal to seniors.

The Pike Chamber of Commerce breakfast was attended by 37 people. Many have contacted Sullivan seeking more information on the numbers behind Pike business. The next chamber breakfast will focus on advertising, Sullivan said. Details on that seminar will be announced.