Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Demographics Assail Us

The Pew Research Center released an eye-opening U.S. demographics study this morning -- it’s so dense with useful nuggets we’ll just fire ’em out one by one:

- By 2050, the U.S. population will increase by 44%, to 438 million people. New immigrants and their children/grandchildren will account for 82% of the rise

- Over the next 40 years, the U.S. Hispanic population will triple and grow to 29% of the U.S. population

- By 2050, one in five Americans will have been born outside the U.S., versus about one in eight today

- In the same time, non-Hispanic whites, who are now about 67% of the population, will shrink to 47% of the population. The same group made up 85% of America in 1960

- Blacks will remain 13% of the population; Asians will grow from 5% to 9%

- By 2030, 79 million baby boomers will be 65 or older. The “elderly” age group will grow faster than any other age demographic.

If all this isn’t a massive, inevitable investment theme… we don’t know what is.

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