In what should surprise no one, census finds Americans are getting older, becoming more urban, and America is ‘getting less white.’ You don’t say?
Decreased birth rates, soaring costs of goods and commodities, mass movement of people in and out of the country, and even something as simple as deviation from tradition have contributed majorly to America’s steadily declining birth rates and increased diversity in ethnicity , the U.S Census Bureau found.
“Baby boomers, and millennials alike, are responsible for this trend in increased aging,” said Molly Cromwell, a demographer at the U.S. Census Bureau. “Boomers continue to age and are slowly outnumbering children as the birth rate has declined steadily over the last decade.”
They found that as well, through 2017 estimates, that the median demarcation line for over/under age rose to 38.0 years, as compared to 37.2 years nearly 18 years ago.
The data has led census makers to forecast that by 2035, Americans at the age of 65 and above will outnumber the younger set for the first time in recent history.
Meanwhile, the trend sees that non-Hispanic Caucasians are shrinking in population, while other minority ethnic groups grew in the last two years, between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.
They found that non-Hispanic white people are projected to continue ageing rapidly and decline in terms of population, with already a decrease of .02% last year, at only about 197. 8 million.
The census found that the Hispanic population increased 2.1% to 58.9 million, and made up 18.1% of the nation’s total population in 2017. But it was not attributed to migration though, as the gain was primarily due to natural increases, like the difference between births and deaths. California clocked in the largest Hispanic population at 15.5 million.
They also found that more African-Americans moved to Clark County, Nevada, than any other county last year, and that the African-American population increased 1.2% to 47.4 million.
The Asian population meanwhile, considered the fastest-growing racial group in the nation, increased 3.1% to 22.2 million, this time with the increase attributed to net migration.
Meanwhile, the nation’s population are increasingly choosing to live in metropolitan areas, with Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona gaining ground over San Francisco, California as the 11th largest metropolitan area.
However, New York led all states in domestic migration as over a million people have left the state since April 1, 2010.
Read up more on the interesting facts about our country and the projections here.