AMERICA 2050: Here’s How The Country Will Look Three Decades From Now

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A scene from Woody Allen’s Sleeper.

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When economists forecast the future, they have to consider one key variable: people.Using charts and info from Pew, the Census, and a Ph.D presentation put together by Elise Barrella & Sara Beck of Georgia Tech, we’ve found some interesting facts about what America will look like in a few decades.

The general trends: More Latino, older, and unfortunately, fatter.

These evolving demographic dynamics will have consequences on the economy, which we also address in this feature.

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title=”The Census says our population will jump another 100 million in just a few decades”
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title=”But the real story is not new immigrants, but their children, who will be the main engine of growth. By 2050, there’ll be more second generation Hispanics than first”
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title=”The black population will grow by about 56%, to 59 million, but remain flat as an overall percentage”
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title=”Here’s the final racial tally, showing the surge in Asians and Hispanics, and a huge drop-off for white”
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title=”The 65-and-older population will comprise nearly 20 per cent of the population”
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title=”There will actually be more 61-year-olds than 51-year-olds. And look at all the 100-year-olds!”
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title=”Put ageing and immigrants together, and you get a working-age population that will be “majority minority” in 2050″
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title=”So where will everyone live? In these 11 emerging “megaregions””
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title=”But again, people moving is only part of the story. There will also be more older people living in the same places”
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title=”The growth of megaregions will have consequences for interstate commerce, especially for freight. In the Northeast, Boston-NYC-Philly rail traffic will grow at least 50 per cent”
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title=”But here’s the thing: our dependency ratio — the proportion of nonworking to working people — is gonna surge”
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title=”So there’s another thing that’s gonna happen…we’re gonna get fatter”
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title=”Looking further out, studies say the whole world will end up looking Brazilian”
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title=”For more on trends…”
content=”Check out 20 global trends that will change the world…
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