Are you getting prepared for the already new country?

By Diana Leal
On Oct. 23, 2017, the population of the United States hit 326,134,202, according to the Census Bureau  Population Clock. We had 1,829,795 more people than at the end of 2016 and cemented our position as the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
 In the United States, a child is born every eight seconds. One person dies every 12 seconds, and an international immigrant arrives every 33 seconds. This makes the country net one more person every 14 seconds.

The United States is getting older, and more diverse

The country’s population is getting older. The U.S. median age in 2017 rose to 37.9 years. Last year, 49.2 million people, or 15.2 percent of the total population, were 65 years or older.
The youngest populations in the country are the most diverse. Forty-seven percent of children younger than 5 are from a racial or ethnic minority group. Non-Hispanic whites are the oldest, with a median age of 49, and Hispanics are the youngest, with a median of 28. Hispanics  median age rose as well.

The United States, an ethnically diverse nation

Immigration and fertility continue rapidly changing the face of the United States, helping make it one of the world’s more diverse nations.
Between 2000 and 2010, the total U.S. population increased by 9.7 percent. During the same period, Hispanic Americans grew by 43 percent, the Asian population by 43 percent, and the black population by 12.3 percent. The non-Hispanic white population grew just 4.9 percent.
The Latin American population in the United States has been the main driver of population growth since 2000, adding by births and migration even as the of growth has slowed.
Since 2010, the majority of population growth has been the result of new immigration from Asia and Latin America.
The Asian population in the United States grew 72 percent between 2000 and 2015, from 11.9 million to 20.4 million, and Asia replaced Latin America (South and Central America plus Mexico) as the main source of new immigrants.

The five countries in Asia with the highest migration rates to the United States are India, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and South Korea.
 The Latin American, or Hispanic American, population increased 60 percent during the same period and represents 18 percent of the country’ss population, but the total migration to the U.S. decreased compared with the prior decade. Immigration from Mexico was negative between 2009 and 2014, according to some research organizations more Mexicans returned to Mexico than migrated to the United States.

Big changes

All races and ethnic groups grew in the country between June 2015 and June 2016, but while all other racial groups experienced natural increase (having more births than deaths), in the non-Hispanic white population, deaths continued to exceed births, resulting in a natural decrease of 163,300 people at the national level.

 The Asian U.S. population grew by 3.0 percent to 21.4 million, while the white population grew by just 0.5 percent to reach 256.0 million.

The Hispanic American population (including all races) grew by 2.0 percent during the same period, reaching 57.5 million, and African Americans grew 1.2 percent to reach 46.8 million. Those who identified as being of two or more races grew 3.0 percent to 8.5 million.
The American Indian and Alaska Native population grew 1.4 percent to 6.7 million, and the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population grew 2.1 percent to 1.5 million.
The majority of U.S. population growth during the next decades will be the result of immigration from several countries in Asia and Latin America, according to 2017 projections.
The trends in immigration and birth indicate also that soon there will not be a majority racial or ethnic group in the United States — no group will make up more than 50 percent of the total population.


The country’ss changing demographics bring challenges and opportunities and require that policymakers, government agencies, and communities get prepared for the already new country.
The great ethnic diversification brings disparities and major inequalities by race and ethnic group. Education levels are improving, but there are significant gaps among different ethnic groups and races.
Cultural changes bring deep transformations in the nation’s social fabric and economy. Cultural diversity requires adjustments in the way organizations and communities interact.
Are you getting prepared for the already new country?

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