8 Shocking Demographic Trends Which Will Greatly Shape America’s Future

8 Shocking Demographic Trends Which Will Greatly Shape America’s Future by Michael Snyder – End of the American Dream

We are witnessing a fundamental transformation of America.  Some welcome the changes that are happening, while others are greatly resisting them.  But one thing is very clear – the United States is a very different place than it was 40 or 50 years ago.  Our population is aging, lifestyle patterns are dramatically shifting, and young adults view the world very differently than Baby Boomers do.  The changes that we are watching happen are going to take our society in new directions, and already the pace of change is accelerating at a pace that is absolutely breathtaking.  The following are 8 shocking demographic trends which will greatly shape America’s future…

#1 Like Japan and many countries in Europe, the population of the United States is rapidly aging.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, children will soon be outnumbered by those that are 65 and older, and that will be the first time that this has ever happened in all of U.S. history

Adults 65 and older will soon outnumber children for the first time in America’s history, it has been revealed.

The US Census Bureau released new projections this year that showed the country’s changing – and aging – demographics.

By 2030 all baby boomers will be older than age 65 and one in every five Americans will be retirement age.

Without a doubt, it is a good thing that people are living longer, but we are facing a Social Security crisis of unprecedented size and scope in future years.  Nobody has any idea how we are going to keep the financial promises that we have made to our seniors, and neither political party has put forth a realistic plan to fix the system.

#2 The American family is changing.  50 years ago, barely anyone “lived together” before marriage, but now the number of Americans that are “living together” without being married is at a record high

Living together is become more popular than marriage for young American couples, according to Census Bureau data. Fifteen percent of people in the 25-to-34 age group shared quarters with an unmarried partner this year, up from 12 percent in 2008.

Among those between 18 to 24, cohabitation is more prevalent today than marriage with 9 percent living with an unmarried partner versus 7 percent living with a spouse. Fifty years ago, only 0.1 percent of people between 18 and 24-year and 0.2 percent between 25 and 34 lived with an unmarried partner.

#3 American women are having fewer children, and they are having them later in life then ever.  According to the CDC, U.S. birth rates have continued to plummet in recent years

Since 2007, fertility rates have plummeted 18 percent in large cities, 16 percent in mid-sized counties, and 12 percent in rural areas.

As expected, the average age that women have their first child continues to climb – now at 24.5 years old in rural counties and 27.5 in metropolitan areas.

#4 The institution of marriage is almost becoming irrelevant in our society.  At one time, having a child “out of wedlock” was greatly frowned upon, but now that stigma is totally gone.  According to the United Nations Population Fund, 40 percent of all births in the U.S. now happen outside of marriage.  But if you go back to 1970, that figure was sitting at just 10 percent.

#5 As the middle class disintegrates, more Americans are choosing a nomadic lifestyle than ever before.  Today, a million Americans are living in their RVS, and that number is rising with each passing year.

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Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com