Of Figures and Liars…

You’ve probably heard the adage…

Figures never lie, but liars always figure.

That old saw just goes to show you that you can make statistics say pretty much whatever you want them to say. A recent case in point came from our local newspaper. The title of the article is…

County seniors expected to boom

…and it gives some pretty interesting statistics and figures that show our county is quickly becoming a haven for older adults. That article led to someone commenting to me yesterday – again! – about how perhaps we don’t really need to be focusing our church’s efforts on reaching “younger” people, etc.

But they missed the whole point of the article, in my opinion. Yes, the older-adult population in our area is expected to grow. But the very first line in the article says…

Cherokee County’s older adult population is expected to increase by 247 percent by 2030

2030? That’s 23 years from now! That means the people the article references are only around 32 years old now! They are not “older adults” yet! And they aren’t your grandfather’s older adults, either.