The United States Is Growing – And Shrinking

At the dawn of the 21st century the United States had about 300 million people, and could add 50 million by 2030. Still, some parts of the US will lose population as more people move to the city. The Urban Institute’s map of regional population shifts illustrates this. Although Maine won’t see any population growth overall, theContinue reading “The United States Is Growing – And Shrinking”

Messin’ With Texas

I’ve never been to Texas, though I hope to visit someday. You can’t help but hear a lot about it. Being the second largest state, Texas has a huge impact on everything from presidential elections to textbooks. And Texas is growing fast. The US Census claims the overall Texas population will grow by 6.7 million people overContinue reading “Messin’ With Texas”

Will a Bachelor Tax Create More Babies?

At first I thought it was Onion style satire. Japanese bachelors should pay a handsome man tax to encourage them to marry. Japanese men are losing interest in matrimony, often because of the enormous financial demands of marriage and family. But fewer births could mean Japan’s population will be a fifth smaller by mid-century. TheContinue reading “Will a Bachelor Tax Create More Babies?”

Maine’s Demographic Crunch

Maine’s population has peaked at 1.33 million and is expected to stay there through 2030. But could Maine eventually see a population decrease? The Portland Press Herald reported recently that between 2010 and 2013, 97,233 Mainers left the state while 95,223 moved into Maine – a net loss of 2,000 people. This wouldn’t matter if Maine had aContinue reading “Maine’s Demographic Crunch”

The Demographic Times They Are A-Changin’

I’ve heard it said that by mid-century whites will be a minority in the United States. But strictly speaking this isn’t true. The Center for American Progress, in collaboration with the liberal Brookings Institution and the conservative American Enterprise Institute, released a report about America’s future. States of Change: The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1974–2060 looks at where we’veContinue reading “The Demographic Times They Are A-Changin’”