For Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chisago, Washington, Pierce and St. Croix there were 40% - 50% more workers than dependents in 2019.
For Polk County there were about one-third more workers than dependents in 2019, but only about 10% more in Burnett County
The dependency ratio has been falling in all Wisconsin jurisdictions, as populations age.
Polk and Burnett Counties have particularly low ratios, with Burnett approaching the point at which for every person in their prime working years (20 – 64 years old), there is one who is under 20 (and likely still in school) or 65 and older (and likely retired).
Pierce and St. Croix Counties, which had stronger dependency ratios than the state, have fallen to nearly the average for Wisconsin.
The dependency ratio in Minnesota and Washington County have been declining slowly over time.
Chisago County’s dependency ration has been flat; never less than 1.50, nor larger than 1.53.