Changing Demographics: at a glance

The population of the United States is undergoing rapid and substantial change. As a country, we are growing older and more diverse at the same time. By 2050, if projections hold, we will be a “majority minority society”—a country that no longer has a majority of any one racial or ethnic group. These demographic trends have important implications for school leaders.

An aging population.

We are growing older and more diverse. In 2010, the median age in the United States had reached 37.2 years of age, up 1.9 years from the 2000 median age of 35.3 years. By 2030, about one in five people would be sixty-five or older. The sixty-five and older population is expected to grow to 16.3 percent in 2020, and to 19.3 percent in 2030.

While we don’t have 2010 breakdowns yet, in 2000 non-Hispanic whites were the oldest group, with a median age of 39 years. Blacks had a median age of 30 years, and Asians, 33 years. Hispanics were the youngest, with a median age of 26 years.

Read more.  Article provided by Maida Feliciano.

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