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To the Editor:—
A review of population changes in the five Pennsylvania cities in the periods 1940-1950 and 1950-1960 demonstrates that Roseto has a greater gain in men and women over the age of 35 than the other communities. There has been a decrease in the number under 35, especially during the past ten years; this is due not to deaths, but to emigration. The death rate in Roseto from all causes, in the face of increasing numbers in the older age group of the population, has varied from 6.8 to 8.7 per 1,000, figures substantially below those for the other four towns, which vary from 10.1 to 16.1 per 1,000. Also, there is very little immigration into Roseto, so the increasing numbers in the older age groups reflect people who have grown up there.
Wolf S. The Roseto Roster. JAMA. 1964;189(9):700. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070090049023