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The Middle Aged Dominate Town Meeting

Milford Town Meeting Members (by age group)

This chart shows the numbers of people within each 10-year age group who serve as elected Milford Town Meeting Members. (Data compiled by Milford Town Crier from Town Clerk's records)

Did you ever wonder who "runs" Milford? When it comes to trying to size up Milford's Town Meeting Members, the dominant group is people ranging in their middle ages – in other words, their 40s and 50s.

With the assistance of the Town Clerk's office, the Milford Town Crier reviewed the birth years of all elected Town Meeting Members eligible to attend the February 10 Special Town Meeting and found that the middle aged dominate the meeting in terms of numbers, followed by seniors in their 60s and 70s.

When analyzed, the data provides two separate pictures of those who vote on Milford's municipal and school budgets, its savings and borrowings, its spending on capital projects and the passage of its by-laws.

On the one hand, the elected membership shows the typical dominant pattern of homeowners raising their families and seniors living on fixed incomes as participating the most in their town government. On the other hand – when compared to the percentages of the same age groups living in the town as determined by the 2010 U.S. Census – the age distribution of Town Meeting Members is "out of whack" with the census. The data also shows that in each decade, people born in certain years volunteered more than those born in other years.

Age Distribution of Town Meeting Members Compared to 2010 U.S. Census

This chart shows that the percentage of people in each age group serving as elected Town Meeting Members do not correspond to the percentages of those age groups living in Milford. (Data compiled by Milford Town Crier from Town Clerk's records and 2010 U.S. Census data)


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