The Census Bureau reports that in the past ten years, the country’s population has grown at the slowest rate since the Great Depression.
The Census Bureau reported on April 26 that in the past ten years, the rate of population growth in the United States was the slowest since the Great Depression and the second slowest in any decade since the founding of the nation. Last week, the government reported that the country’s birth rate had fallen for the sixth consecutive year, including a sharp drop in December’s birth rate, which resulted in a fertility rate that was too low to sustain the country’s population growth.
For demographers and others who study these trends, the official data is not surprising, just a confirmation of the patterns that have been visible for some time. They are not unique to the United States. From Japan to Europe as a whole, other industrialized countries have faced the same or worse challenges for many years. However, with their successive actions and the release of the decennial census, which has slowed population growth, these numbers are equal to the shining light on the road ahead.
The report highlights long-term trends and, just as importantly, the political, economic, and social challenges they pose. As other countries have learned, it is not easy to reverse these patterns. New public policies may help, but even assuming that the country’s bankrupt political system is capable of implementing such reforms, there is no guarantee. Others believe that slower growth may be beneficial.
Given the United States’ history, inherent strength, character, and human resources, experts are reluctant to describe the United States as a shrinking country. But keeping the country alive may mean embracing an American concept and values that are very different from those of the last century. In addition, if the current pattern continues, they are likely to lead to regional and intergenerational struggles, and may even trigger more political turmoil.
For some demographers, embracing the new realities of a changing country is critical to the overall well-being of the United States.
Senior researcher William Frey said: “If we open our doors to this young, ethnically diverse population and open our arms to these young people through immigration and investment in people of color, I don’t think we will You should see yourself as a declining country.” Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Even before the latest data is released, there are signs that many Americans see fewer opportunities in the future, not more. The Pew Research Center published a report two years ago and found that most Americans are pessimistic about the future.
As the years of struggle in the old industrial center have shown, slowing population growth and slowing economic growth may have regional effects. For decades, the seats and powers of members of Congress have been transferred from the industrial states to the solar belt, and this will happen again due to the 2020 census. Texas and Florida will be the biggest winners, although the number of seats has changed and the result is less than previously predicted.