Census: U.S. population will be older, more diverse over next half century

By the year 2060, the U.S. population will be considerably older, will grow at a slower pace and will be more ethnically diverse than it is today, according to U.S. Census projections. A news release has the details of the projected population changes but here are a few of the highlights:

Between 2012 and 2060, the population that is age 65 and older is expected to more than double, growing from 43.1 million to 92.0 million. At the same time, lower birth levels and a decrease in net international migrations will result in a slower-growing population.

The country will grow increasingly more diverse with the Hispanic and Asian populations expected to double over the next half century. The Hispanic population is expected to grow  from 53.3 million in 2012 to 128.8 million in 2060 while the Asian population will grow from 15.9 million in 2012 to 34.4 million in 2060.

“The next half century marks key points in continuing trends — the U.S. will become a plurality nation, where the non-Hispanic white population remains the largest single group, but no group is in the majority,” said Acting Director Thomas L. Mesenbourg in a news release.

Below is a chart from the U.S. Census Bureau outlining changes in diversity and the varying shares of the total U.S. population:

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