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Census shows aging population

Number of residents rises in Burbank, falls in Glendale, preliminary figures show.

May 13, 2011|By Gretchen Meier,

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census released this week reflect an aging population in Burbank and Glendale, a trend that officials in both cities have been anticipating as they work to strengthen social services for baby boomers.

The median age of Glendale residents jumped to 41 in 2010, up from 37.3 in 2000 and 34.3 in 1990, according to the census. In Burbank, the median age in 2010 was 38.9, compared with 36.4 in 2000 and 34 in 1990.

As more baby boomers retire and get older, demand for public services is expected increase significantly, prompting city officials to prepare by updating facilities and plan for more programs.


“We’ve known that the service needs of seniors have been increasing during the last few years,” said Moises Carrillo, senior community development supervisor for Glendale. “We’ve been surveying more of the senior population and trying to reflect the needs in our priorities.”

Glendale recently completed a new multimillion-dollar Adult Recreation Center that hosts many of the city’s senior services programs, and many of those have seen enrollment more than double since last year, officials said.

“We’ve had a huge demand and even more foot traffic since we opened the center,” said Community Services Supervisor Maggie Kavarian.

Glendale also serves 150 to 200 meals each day to seniors at three sites in the city, Kavarian said, an increase of about 20% in recent years.

Burbank, meanwhile, has initiated a community survey of seniors to help guide future program priorities.

During the ongoing budget talks this week, the Burbank City Council quashed a cost-cutting proposal to eliminate the senior meal service at McCambridge Park Recreation Center.

“I will not accept any cutback to the senior nutrition program, and that is not going to happen with my support,” said Councilman David Gordon. “It’s not as simple as putting them on a bus and taking them on the other side of town.”

The McCambridge site provides an average of 30 meals each day for seniors, Joslyn Adult Center serves 105, and Don Tuttle Senior Center serves 43, according to the city.

But while both cities have rapidly aging populations, there were disparities in the number of residents. Glendale’s population dropped by 2% to 191,719 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But in Burbank, the population grew 3% to 103,340.

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