Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, Cape Cod experienced a 26 percent decline in the number of residents aged between 25 and 44. This has resulted in something of an existential crisis on the Cape, as business and government leaders have questioned how the region can maintain vitality without young workers starting young families.

The study has been a focal point of CCYP’s “Shape the Cape” campaign. It was commissioned through donations and grants, and conducted by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy last fall.