ERIC Number: ED316945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
How We're Changing: Demographic State of the Nation: 1989. Current Population Reports, Special Studies, Series P-23, No. 164.
Current Population Report, Series P-23, n164 Jan 1990
This report reviews some major demographic findings reported by the United States Census Bureau during 1989. U.S. population is growing by about 1 percent per year; since the 1980 census, population has increased by 231 million (10.2 percent) to an estimated 249.6 million on January 1, 1990. Population growth will slow and possibly stop within the next 50 years. The South and West are the most rapidly growing regions, having experienced 87 percent of the nation's growth between 1980 and 1989, compared with 61 percent in the 1960s. A large percentage (51 percent) of growth during the 1980s has occurred in California, Texas, and Florida. Population growth is concentrated in metropolitan areas, but the long decline of the farm population has stopped. Average household size has reached a record low; the average number of people per household in 1989 was 2.62, compared with 2.76 in 1980 and 3.14 in 1970. There were 92.8 million households in 1989, up by 15 percent since 1980. Women with newborns have increased their labor force participation. In 1988, 51 percent of women 18 to 44 years old with infants under 1 year old were in the labor force, compared with 38 percent in 1980 and 31 percent in 1976. Voter turnout hit a new low in the last presidential election, with only 57 percent of the voting age populaton going to the polls in November 1988. Poverty and median family income in 1988 are not significantly different from the 1987 figures, and the home ownership rate held steady in 1989. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Identifiers - Location: United States