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Families in rural areas are harder for the Census Bureau to reach. Rafa artphoto/Shutterstock.com

Why the 2020 census matters for rural Americans

People living in rural and small town America have much at stake in the 2020 census. But census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.
Barneys, Madison Avenue, New York. Department stores that were once the pinnacle of middle-class aspiration are losing out to discount shops and luxury retailers. www.shutterstock.com

Death of the department store: don’t just blame the internet, it’s to do with a dwindling middle class

Department stores are collapsing. The internet is part of the problem, but so too is the hollowing out of the middle class.
According to the United Nations, the world’s population could reach 10 billion by 2050. Shutterstock

How many humans tomorrow? The United Nations revises its projections

The UN's new global population projections include some surprises – in particular, that the global population in 2100 will be 3% less than they projected in 2017.
More Americans are sticking to their wedding vows. Melinda Nagy/shutterstock.com

Why fewer and fewer Americans are getting divorced

The US divorce rate has fallen steadily over the last 30 or 40 years. It's likely because young adults are taking more time to decide to marry.
The non-Hispanic white population is not growing as quickly as other groups in the U.S. Lightfield Studios/shutterstock.com

The US white majority will soon disappear forever

By 2050, the US will be a 'majority-minority' country, with white non-Hispanics making up less than half of the total population.
What does it look like when a country’s identity falls apart? Interior Design/shutterstock.com

Identicide: How demographic shifts can rip a country apart

When a country becomes more diverse, new demographic tensions may emerge between people who feel that they own their country's identity – and people who feel they've been left out.
Living longer and loving it. oneinchpunch/shutterstock.com

Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

People who are 65 and up can expect to live longer than ever before. Does it make sense to keep classifying everyone in this group as old? A pair of demographers argue for 'age inflation.'
Self-proclaimed ‘white nationalists,’ white supremacists and ‘alt-right’ activists hold what they called a ‘Freedom of Speech’ rally in Washington, June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

White right? How demographics is changing US politics

In the US, non-whites have higher birth rates and make up the bulk of new immigrants. As white people lose their demographic majority, some will resist the accompanying political changes.
Pro-life and pro-choice protesters rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan

How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

Over the past 45 years, women have married later, attained higher education and joined the workforce in record numbers. Could it all be turned back?

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