## Introduction

The median age in the US is 37.3 years old according to the 2013 American Communities Survey published by the US Census Bureau. The state with the youngest median age is Utah, were the average resident is 29.1 years old. Maine has the oldest residents with a median age of 43.2 years old.

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Source:

The information displayed above comes from the American Communities Survey with is published by the US Census Bureau. These figures can be found on Table S0101, 2009-2013 Five Year Estimates at http://factfinder.census.gov/. The variable used is Total, Median Age.

## 2 Comments

median =/= mean (‘average’ refers to ‘arithmetic mean’; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arithmetic_mean). Please update this post, the title, and/or the information (some of which is incorrect: “average resident is 29.1 years old”, should read something like “the resident both older and younger than half of the state’s population is 29.1 years old”)

Average is a nonspecific denotation of central tendency which is applied to mean, median, and mode. Arithmetic mean is the most common average used in casual conversation but it is not the sole measure of central value, nor is it the definition of “average.” The title is appropriate and is not misleading to anyone who reads the article, as they specify which measure of average they are providing throughout.