The Pew Research Center calls Charlotte County one of the grayest counties in the country.

New data puts nearly 38 percent of the county’s residents at age 65 or older.

Only Sumter County to the north has a higher percentage — nearly 53 percent.

In Florida, 53 out of 67 counties have an above average share of people 65 and older when compared to the rest of the country.

On average, a county’s elderly population has grown 12 percent over the last four years.