ERIC Number: ED218142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
U.S. Population: Where We Are; Where We're Going.
van der Tak, Jean, Ed.
Population Bulletin, v37 n2 Jun 1982.
Recent trends in the dynamics and character of the U.S. population, outlook for the remainder of 1980s, and prospects for long-term growth are reviewed. Estimated at 232 million as of mid-1982, the U.S. population is currently growing at about 1 percent/year, one of the developed world's highest growth rates. Natural increase (births minus deaths) still adds some 1.7 million people a year, despite the rapid post-baby boom fall in fertility to a near record low rate of 1.9 births/woman in 1981. With increasing numbers of refugees, net legal immigration averaged 600,000/year (1979-81) and the net inflow of illegal immigrants may now be 500,000/year, complicating projections of future U.S. population size. Currently, U.S. death rate and household size are at all-time lows. Rates of first marriage and remarriage are declining, while the divorce rate appears to have stabilized. More than half the population resides in the South and West. Rural areas and small towns grew faster than urban areas in the 1970s and for the first time in over a century. Educational attainment and labor force participation, are at all-time highs due to increasing employment among women and the baby boom generation's arrival at working ages. The age composition of the population, presents special problems for U.S. society. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Educational Attainment, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Higher Education, Illegal Immigrants, Immigrants, Labor Force, Migration, Migration Patterns, Minority Groups, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Population Trends, Refugees
Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Circulation Department, P.O. Box 35012, Washington, D.C. 20013.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.