The Steadily Changing America

The Census estimates the US population as of July 1st of each year. For July 1, 2021, the numbers are:

  • Total population: 331,893,745
  • Of that number, 22.3% are under 18 years of age. Do the math and that’s approximately 74.012,300 children.(1)

An update from August 1, 2021, revises the percentage of children downward to 22.1%, and points out that the percentage of children has been declining in the US since 2007. In Census speak, fertility is down, which simply means that adults either cannot or are opting not to have kids.

For that matter, total population growth in the US is basically non-existant. The population grew by 0.1% in 2021, the slowest rate since the founding of the country.

We’ve argued that children are expensive in the absence of affordable daycare and other services provided by other countries to their citizens.

What’s particularly striking about these numbers is that just over one-quarter of these children (26.3%) have at least one foreign-born parent.(3) Regardless of immigration trends, the change among children will dramatically change US society in our lifetimes.

The Census also points out that these children tend to live in less affluent homes.

Change is inevitable, it’s coming, get used to it.

Amusingly, by fighting against spending to help families, conservatives are bringing about changes that they in fact don’t want.

The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Sources:

  1. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/AGE775219
  2. https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/08/united-states-adult-population-grew-faster-than-nations-total-population-from-2010-to-2020.html
  3. https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2022/02/over-quarter-of-children-lived-with-at-least-one-foreign-born-parent.html?utm_campaign=20220203msacos1ccstors&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

7 comments

    • Agreed. I’ll be 69 next month and don’t know what I’ll live to see, but hopeful. Real change will come when we get charismatic leadership that can cross the divisions in the minority communities. Based on numbers, the Governors of Texas, Florida and California should be Hispanic. The fact that they aren’t is testament to the divisions in the community. The governors of Texas and Florida in particular are making no effort to help either minorities or immigrants achieve any kind of quality of life.

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  1. I’m a little leery of the results of the 2020 Census, Vic. I think that a lot of what 45 called for – most that didn’t actually take – scared off a good number of immigrants from participating in the Census. Also, the pandemic probably was a big factor. I was an enumerator for the 2010 Census, and I was signed up for the 2020 one, but the pandemic pushed a lot of things back. When I finally got around to getting to one of the Census’ sites I was alarmed at the lack of organization and professionalism. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the 2010 Census, and was looking forward to the 2020 one, I decided that it wouldn’t be worth my time. Hopefully, I’ll be fit enough for the 2030 one! — YUR

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