ERIC Number: ED316481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How We Live: Then and Now.
Linden, Fabian; Ryscavage, Paul
The 20th century has brought many demographic changes to the United States. This booklet briefly relates some of those changes and provides many charts and graphs to illustrate the changes graphically. The century has been one of population growth, but the rate of growth has slowed since the 1950s. The population is mobile, with more than two out of five people changing their place of residence every five years. There are now more young singles, more divorced, more children in single-parent homes, and more widows. More mothers work outside the home than ever before. Average house size has increased, and more people now own their own home though the cost of doing so has increased also. Life expectancy has risen, largely due to extraordinary progress in reducing illness, but medical costs have soared. Each generation in the United States has so far achieved a higher level of education than the one before. Worker productivity has increased along with wages. More women have entered the work force, but most still earn substantially less than men. Blacks have made significant gains, but are still substantially less well off than their white counterparts. There are more elderly now, and their economic well-being has improved. Advances have been made in the war on poverty, but these have slowed recently. A growing middle class has higher earnings and larger assets, and recreation has become not an option, but a vital ingredient in good health. A 39-item bibliography is included. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Conference Board, Inc., New York, NY.; Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.