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Ojai Aging, Shrinking, Losing Population

By Daryl Kelley

A slow-growth city for decades, Ojai became a no-growth community last year, actually losing 16 residents, according to a new state report.
It was the first time in the recent history of this aging, affluent city that it has failed to grow, emphasizing a trend that has been developing for two decades: Each year, Ojai becomes older and has fewer children.
Ojai was already Ventura County's oldest community, with about 20 percent of residents over 65, according to the 2000 federal census. And the new population figures suggest more of the same.
Whether that's good or bad is a matter of perspective, said city manager Jere Kersnar.

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