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For First Time, Sweden Has More Men Than Women

Some worry this could set women's rights back if trend continues as expected

(Newser) - Sweden is dealing with a surprise surplus of something it didn't quite expect: men. Per the AP , the Scandinavian country of 10 million now has more males than females for the first time since they started tracking such things in the mid-1700s, and this guy growth has been booming... More »

'Unprecedented' Demographic Shift Is Coming

The old will soon outnumber the young

(Newser) - In just a few years, people 65 and older around the world will begin to outnumber kids under the age of 5—"a mind-blowing demographic situation that will be a first in human history," Business Insider reports. That's the finding of a recently released US Census Bureau... More »

Going Home for the Holidays Is Only an 18-Mile Drive

Most US adults live surprisingly close to their parents

(Newser) - This is the time of year when people all around the country pack up their bags and head to the airport to visit family. Or at least that's the visual we all have. In reality, only 20% of adults in the US live more than a few hours' drive... More »

Empire Falls: Florida Now More Populous Than NY

New Yorkers can now chant 'We're No. 4! We're No. 4!'

(Newser) - The state known as America's Waiting Room is moving up in the ranks: According to Census data, Florida has officially deposed New York to become the third most populous state in the union, reports the Washington Post . The Sunshine State is now home to 19.9 million residents, compared... More »

White Students Now a Minority in Public Schools

Demographic shift raises big issues for school systems

(Newser) - American public schools will pass a watershed this fall: For the first time, there will be more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The shift comes even as schools become more racially segregated, and leaves school systems facing issues such as integration and... More »

More US Moms Waiting Until Late 30s to Have Kids

Birth rates for those 35 and older rising sharply

(Newser) - More and more Americans are waiting to have kids until they're in their late 30s or even 40s, according to a recent Pew study and CDC figures released today. In 2012, 15% of first-time moms were over age 35, up from just 1% in 1970, the Wall Street Journal... More »

California's Next Minority: White People

Latinos expected to take top spot in March

(Newser) - Latinos will be the single largest "race or ethnic group" in California as soon as this March, according to a new demographics report from Gov. Jerry Brown's office. That's actually behind schedule—demographers expected non-Hispanic whites to pass the crown in the middle of last year , but... More »

New York Losing Spot as 3rd Most Populous State

Florida on verge of usurping it due to immigration, economic trends

(Newser) - Look out, America: The one state with its own Fark tag is about to be the third most populous in the nation, knocking New York down a peg. Official population figures won't come out until Monday, but the New York Times has a story today predicting that the two... More »

1 in 4 Americans Lives Alone

Census Bureau issues new report

(Newser) - In 1970, roughly one in every six Americans lived alone. That number now stands at slightly more than every one in four, according to a new Census Bureau report out yesterday. Some 27.5% of American households are solo households, reports USA Today , which notes that the figure stood at... More »

California About to Have More Latinos Than Whites

They should reach parity by the middle of this year

(Newser) - By this time next year, white people will be a minority in California. According to new demographic information released yesterday by the state's Department of Finance, Latinos will catch up to whites by the middle of this year, with each representing roughly 39% of the population. By next year,... More »

GOP Doesn't Need Change

Charles Krauthammer thinks the world is overreacting to Mitt Romney's defeat

(Newser) - All week pundits have been burying the GOP, insisting it must change to meet America's changing demographics or die. But not Charles Krauthammer. "The answer to Romney's failure is not retreat," he writes in the Washington Post . It is to "do conservatism, but do it... More »

The Age of Reagan Is Over

Barack Obama's coalition is real, Ross Douthat admits

(Newser) - Conservatives wanted to believe that Barack Obama's 2008 victory was a one-time affair, a unique confluence of events. Now they know better. It's a genuine realignment, writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times . Obama won with the same coalition he marshaled in 2008. "It was the... More »

Rich, Poor Living Farther and Farther Apart—Literally

Census data reveal that income inequality driving demographic shift

(Newser) - Rich Americans and poor Americans are increasingly segregating themselves into separate neighborhoods, as the gap between America's haves and have-nots widens, a Pew study of recent census data reveals. From 1980 to 2010, the number of high-income households located in affluent neighborhoods doubled to 18%, the Washington Post reports,... More »

Asians Now Lead Immigration to US

Hispanics now in second place, Pew study finds

(Newser) - The biggest wave of new immigrants to America "aren't the poor, tired, huddled masses" described on the Statue of Liberty, the Pew Research Center says. A new report from the center finds that Asians have surpassed Hispanics as America's largest group of new immigrants and are now... More »

Minority Babies the New Majority

Census reveals demographic watershed moment

(Newser) - For the first time in US history, a majority of babies are members of minority ethnic groups, according to new census figures. Of the roughly 4 million born between July 2010 and July 2011, 50.4% belonged to minority groups. The data show that the huge demographic shift under way... More »

Mountain Dew Now Courting More Than Just White Suburbia

Pepsi hopes Lil Wayne can inject 'urban cool'

(Newser) - Mountain Dew doesn't just want to be the soda of choice for young white suburbanites anymore. PepsiCo has launched a new marketing campaign that it hopes can bring what Bloomberg hilariously terms "urban cool" to the brand, starring more diverse endorsers such as Lil Wayne and Mexican-American skateboarder... More »

Civil War Death Toll Boosted 20%

War claimed close to 750K lives: historian

(Newser) - The deadliest war in American history was even more devastating than long believed, especially for the South, according to a historian. The Civil War death toll of 618,222—360,222 from the North and 258,000 Southerners—has been in history books for more than a century. But J.... More »

Great Depression Data Goldmine to Finally Go Public

1940 census to be released after 72 year of privacy protection

(Newser) - After 72 years of privacy protection lapses, intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the US government releases the 1940 census on April 2 to the public for the first time. Access to the records will be free and open to anyone... More »

Republicans Love Food Network, Weather Channel

Or at least, that's where GOP ad dollars are going

(Newser) - Apparently, Republicans love watching the weather. Campaigns are becoming much more sophisticated about where they spend their ad dollars, the New York Times reports, leading to buys in such unlikely places as the Food Network, Weather Channel, HGTV, and the History Channel. Studies suggest all of those networks have pretty... More »

Middle-Class Neighborhoods Dying Off

Stanford study says numbers have dropped sharply since 1970

(Newser) - A major new study from Stanford finds that America's middle class is shrinking in a big way, reports the New York Times . The researchers looked at 117 of the nation's biggest metropolitan areas and discovered that 44% of families live in areas defined as middle class, down from... More »

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