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Easton's Birth Rates Down, Population Up

We might not ever know whether the chicken came before the egg, but understanding the population puzzle in Easton is a capable endeavor. Live births in town are increasingly rare these days. In 2001, 91 birth certificates were issued. In 2010, 38 were issued.

But the population is growing 1 percent every 10 years, according to census data. And school enrollment is increasing at the same rate.

Easton's town clerk, Dr. Derek Buckley , believes this is because families move to town for its schools. "It is probable that people with established families are moving into town to benefit from the educational system," Buckley said in an article. "Fewer younger parents are moving in to start families."

He also noted that the population of people in town who are ages 50 to 65 is almost nonexistent. Buckley considers this phenomenon a result of parents who move out of town once their children have graduated. "If you can make it to 65, you'll stay a while," he said. "But if you make it to 50 or 55 and your kids graduate from school, you're likely to leave."

Population demographics offer an intriguing insight into the habits of people, Buckley added. Many Easton residents commute to New York City and many homes are off and on the market within a few years.

Easton is home to a large number of investment bankers, traders and other white-collar professionals. These jobs often lend to a lifestyle that enables opportunities for rapid growth and quick change. This can also affect the demographics in town, Buckley said.

What do you think? Do people move to Easton for the schools? Is there another reason why people like living in Easton? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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