Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Q&A: Median ages, Bowe Bergdahl

Ask the Times

Counties' median ages

There was a story in Monday's paper that said Sumter County, Florida, had the highest median age of any county in the United States. What is Hillsborough's?

Sumter County, home to the retirement community the Villages and located about 60 miles north of Tampa, has a median age of 65.5, according to a July 1, 2013, estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau estimates the county's population at 107,056, with 55,239 of them being 65 years or older. That 51.6 percent is the highest proportion in the United States, and the 2.1 percent under age 5 (2,224) is the lowest in that age group in the United States.

Hillsborough County has a median age of 36.6, according to the estimates. Of the 1,291,578 residents, 165,237 are 65 or older (12.8 percent), and 83,093 are under 5 (6.4 percent).

Pinellas County's median age is 47.2. Of its 929,048 residents, 209,712 are 65 or older (22.6 percent), and 41,983 are under 5 (4.5 percent).

Pasco County's median age is 44.4. Of its 475,502 residents, 105,441 are 65 or older (22.2 percent), and 24,413 are under 5 (5.1 percent).

Hernando County's median age is 48.8. Of its 174,441 residents, 47,471 are 65 or older (27.2 percent), and 7,905 are under 5 (4.5 percent).

Citrus County's median age is 55.5. Of its 139,271 residents, 48,099 are 65 or older (34.5 percent), and 5,324 are under 5 (3.8 percent).

Manatee County's median age is 46.8. Of its 342,106 residents, 85,667 are 65 or older (25 percent), and 17,806 are under 5 (5.2 percent).

The youngest counties in the state are Leon (at median age 29.9, one of just 61 U.S. counties under 30) and Alachua (median age 30.7). Other Florida counties among the 60 nationwide with a median age over 50 are Charlotte (57.5), Sarasota (53.9), Highlands (52.4), Martin (50.7) and Indian River (50.6).

Bergdahl's back pay

An article about the soldier returned by the Taliban said he might receive $300,000 in back pay. Why would that be three times more than the standard pay for a private?

Bowe Bergdahl, who was promoted twice to sergeant while he was thought to be a prisoner of war of the Taliban, might receive back pay of $150,000 and special compensation pay of about $148,000 for a total of nearly $300,000. The special compensation pay would include allowances for housing, subsistence and station per diem for the past five years, according to military.com.

Military personnel designated as captive, missing or missing in action are entitled to back pay, but the Army hasn't determined whether Bergdahl was a prisoner of war. If he is found guilty of desertion or absence without leave, he could forfeit all benefits.

Compiled from Times and wire reports. To submit a question, email [email protected]

Comments
Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

New details emerged Friday night about the Uber ride in Arizona in March 2016 that led to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's three-game suspension to start the upcoming season, including the fact that Winston was in a car that night with a former Vand...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

TAMPA — Police want to know who shot 14-year-old De’Nico Thomas after a night of playing video games.Thomas was at a friend’s home Wednesday night and walking home when Tampa police said he was shot, resulting in life-threatening injuries.As he faces...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

At first I thought it was a snake.Because wouldn’t it be typically Florida to come home and find a snake poking its nose out from under your stove? Which wouldn’t be a problem or anything. I would just have to move out is all.But no, the creature tha...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Man, 78, proposes to newfound love at ‘senior’ prom in Riverview

Man, 78, proposes to newfound love at ‘senior’ prom in Riverview

RIVERVIEWJaime Rodriguez, 78, popped the question Friday morning but skipped the "getting down on one knee" part."If I get on my knee, you’d have to help me," he told the emcee a moment before asking Luz Rivera to marry him.Rivera, 69, smiled and sai...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa Bay workforce development initiative looks to Houston for lessons

Tampa Bay workforce development initiative looks to Houston for lessons

The biggest hospitals in Houston had a problem.To earn a prized institutional certification, they needed more nurses with bachelor of science degrees in nursing.But local colleges were more focused on turning out nurses with two-year degrees who, to ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

The Lightning has re-signed one of its restricted free agents in backup goalie Louis Domingue, who will be back with Tampa Bay on a two-year deal worth $2.3 million.Domingue, 26, was acquired from Arizona in November after he had posted a 4.33 goals-...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

TAMPA — The days ahead were supposed to be bright.For weeks, the future of health care tech company CareSync had been thrown into question as founder and CEO and founder Travis Bond unexpectedly departed, kicking off multiple rounds of layoffs. But t...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Six candidates waltz into their seats as qualifying ends. The rest still have a fight

Six candidates waltz into their seats as qualifying ends. The rest still have a fight

Six local candidates across Tampa Bay — all county commissioners and city council members — effectively won their elections Friday by default: No one qualified to run against them.The rest still have a fight.Some will square off in an Aug. 28 primary...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Romano: You better hope I’m wrong about flood insurance

Romano: You better hope I’m wrong about flood insurance

Chances are, I’ll go down as the Boy Who Cried Flood.You might have noticed, I’ve been shouting about the imminent calamity of flood waters for quite a few years now. If I wasn’t trying to frighten you into buying flood insurance, I was worrying you ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines says it’s no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that’s being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them.The Atlanta-based...
Updated: 5 hours ago