Young people get blamed for a lot of things, merited or not. File this one under the former. As the state and national median age tick upward, Tompkins, with its ever-replenishing supply of college students, is still the youngest county in the state.
According to analyses from the U.S. Census Bureau and first noted by the Albany Times-Union, Tompkins County’s median age of 31.5 years old is the youngest median in New York State, well below the state median of 39 years old, and the U.S. national median of 38.2 years. A quick refresher: median age means 50% of people are younger than that age, and 50% are older than that age.