Demographic Population in Metropolitan Chicago
As the baby boomer generation ages, the senior population in metropolitan Chicago is expected to continue increasing. According to GO TO 2040, the number of residents between 65 and 84 years of age is projected to double by 2040. Furthermore, the number of residents in the region who are over 85 years old is projected to triple. Much of this growth is projected to occur in parts of the region where residences, services, and commercial areas are currently more spread out and not well-served by public transit, creating difficulties for those who have limited mobility and cannot drive. This phenomenon will have major impacts on future housing, land use, and transportation needs. Sustaining our residents' ability to "age in place" — to remain in their homes and communities as they age, if they choose — is a key challenge confronting the region.