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Q&A: Median ages, Bowe Bergdahl

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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 answers@tampabay.com.

Q&A: Median ages, Bowe Bergdahl 07/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:38pm]
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