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Popul Bull. 2000 Jun;55(2):1-43.

America's diversity and growth: signposts for the 21st century.



This report provides a summary of the US demographic and population trends in the 21st century. It gives objective information on population growth, the determinants of population change, residential trends, racial and ethnic diversity, age profile, family life, households and families, measures of well-being, and future prospects. It is shown that US population is growing through relatively high fertility, migration and increasing life expectancy. Longer life expectancy has had a significant effect on American family life. Immigration fuels rapid population growth and social change creating increased ethnic diversity. Family life pattern also shifted, early marriage is replaced by cohabitation and divorce rates are increasing resulting in increased number of single-parent families. Many Americans have prospered well beyond their expectations; educational attainment vastly improved; more people moved out of poverty and more working women indicates a change in the workforce trends. Overall, it is noted that the US population will continue to grow. Prospect of such robust growth intensifies concerns about pollution and other environmental threats. At the same time, it seem that population growth is inextricably linked to the nations's prosperity.

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