Updated American demographics: becoming an older, more diverse nation

by VanessaVaile

What do these trends suggest about the future of academic and especially adjunct labor? Of grad school and the college teaching labor pool?

Bryan Alexander

Demographics are a key tool in the futurist’s toolbox.  They represents trends that tend to be more durable than most others.  For education, demographic trends have a powerful influence, shaping the populations we serve in many ways.

For instance, consider some new research.  The American people continue to get older and more racially diverse, according to the latest US Census data.  This isn’t shocking news, especially for those of us tracking demographics, but it remains useful – more so, as these trends deepen.

About age and aging: “[r]esidents age 65 and over grew from 35.0 million in 2000, to 49.2 million in 2016, accounting for 12.4 percent and 15.2 percent of the total population, respectively.”

Two-thirds (66.7 percent) of the nation’s counties experienced an increase in median age last year…

Between 2000 and 2016, 95.2 percent of all counties experienced increases in median age…

This is happening for a…

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