Thursday, May 16, 2013

Intl. Migration Project To Become Primary Driver of U.S. Population Growth

Here's something interesting for those who follow demographics: The U.S. Census Bureau says international migration is projected to surpass natural increase (births minus deaths) as the principal driver of U.S. population growth by the middle of this century.

This would mark the first time that natural increase was not the leading cause of population increase since at least 1850, when the census began collecting information about residents' country of birth.

Why? Census officials say its due to a mix of our nation's declining fertility rates, the aging of the baby boomer population and continued immigration.

An interesting note though; immigration from Mexico has decreased significantly in the last few years.

So what does this mean for us? A couple things; a faster growing, more diverse, and younger U.S. population.  And what does that mean? PR Newswire looks at the potential impacts.

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