Oil boom lowers age in the Great Plains

The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil. The aging baby boom generation helped inch up the median age in the United States last year from 37.5 years to 37.6 years, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau. But a closer examination of those numbers shows that seven states — Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming — actually became younger. Credit for the de-aging of the mainland states between 2012 and 2013 goes to the increase in oil and
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