There’s been a lot of conversation about aging officials, but have you ever wondered which states have the largest age gaps between their elected officials and their residents?
In a recent study, Coventry Direct determine the states with the largest age gaps between their elected officials and residents, compiling a current list of Governors, Senators, and members of the House of Representatives and compared their average ages to that of their residents via Census data.
Here’s what they found:
Largest Age Discrepancy: The state with the largest age disparity between current elected officials and residents is Idaho, with a difference of 32.7 years between average ages. Vermont (29.6 years), Oregon (29.4), and Maryland (28.88) followed behind.
Smallest Age Discrepancy: The state with the smallest age disparity between current elected officials and residents is New York, with an age difference of just 14.6 years. Florida (14.93), New Mexico (15.23), and New Hampshire (15.7) followed suite.
Oldest & Youngest Officials: Overall, Vermont has the oldest current elected officials, with an average age of 72.5 years. Contrastingly, New Mexico has the youngest average ages of elected officials, at just 54 years old. New York (54.4), Indiana (54.8), and Colorado (55.5) followed behind.
You can check out the full study here: