‘First time’ in history


‘First time’ in history: White deaths outnumber births in US — RT USA.

Deaths of white people outnumbered births for the very first time in US history, the Census Bureau revealed Thursday. The census predicts The Census Bureau also says that that significant drops in birth rates v death rates will be regular by 2025.

The study says that half of the under 5 age group is now racial and ethnic minorities.  Things are changing here, and those changes will have a huge impact on our future as a nation.

“More so than ever, we need to recognize the importance of young minorities for the growth and vitality of our labor force and economy,” Frey added. “Last year, we saw the majority of babies are minorities. Now we see more whites are dying than being born. Together, that tells us a lot about where we’re going as a country.”

Interesting Indian Demographics

India’s TFR is only 2.5—and falling steadily. This figure barely exceeds that of the United States. In 2011, the US fertility rate was estimated at 2.1, essentially the replacement level; a more recent study now pegs it at 1.93. Still, from a global perspective, India and the US fall in the same general fertility category, as can be seen in the map posted here.

via India’s Plummeting Birthrate: A Television-Induced Transformation? | GeoCurrents.

India’s Plummeting Birthrate: A Television-Induced Transformation? | GeoCurrents

The author relates the drastic (and relatively recent) decline to the advent of television, and in particular to soap operas.

Television depresses fertility because many of its offerings provide a model of middle-class families successfully grappling with the transition from tradition to modernity, helped by the fact that they have few children to support.

India’s Plummeting Birthrate: A Television-Induced Transformation? | GeoCurrents



A ‘Whom Do You Hang With?’ Map of America : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR.

Ever since the borders of our 50 states were drawn so many years ago cultural geographers  have been trying to figure out if they reflect who we are, or if they are just arbitrary lines on a map.  Well, here are some answers.

[these] hunk[s] of America, in his view, is now an “effective community,” a place where people-to-people business has a distinct flavor, distinct from neighboring regions. In other words, it’s its own neighborhood.

California’s “neighborhood” includes Arizona and much of Nevada.

The above map is based on WheresGeorge.com data.  This website, where you can enter the serial number of the bills in your wallet, and then watch as they travel around the country, shows several distinct “neighborhoods.”

In the Seattle area, for example, his team found that over two weeks, only 7.8 percent of the bills moved more than 500 miles away. Most of the money stayed close. More interestingly, Dirk’s team began to notice virtual borders, lines that the money rarely crossed. In this map, you can see the territory marked by the Canadian border to the north, a bit of California at the southern end, and Idaho to the east. Oregon and Washington seem undifferentiated. But at the edges, a blue border seems to capture and contain most of the cash (and the people?) moving within. Those lines, Dirk marked deep blue.

Another map, by some folks at MIT, uses anonymous AT&T data.

This map shows different, but equally ‘unstate-like’ borders.

Will we remain the 50 states forever?  Or will our borders change to reflect the changing demographics of this country?

Baby Boom And Baby Bust Cities


America’s Baby Boom And Baby Bust Cities | Newgeography.com.

Alarm bells are beginning to ring in policy circles over the decline of the U.S. birth rate to a record low.

But the decline is not across the board – some areas are experiencing growth.  In fact, the Austin metro area is 2nd in the nation – up 38% in under 15 year olds in the past 10 years.

So where is the Baby Bust?

Buffalo’s youth population declined 16%, Detroit’s, 15%; and Cleveland’s 14%.

But its not just declining Rust Belt cities.  Los Angeles and San Francisco have empty classrooms, too.

New York has lost about as many children as Dallas-Ft. Worth has gained — a difference of a half million. The gap between increasingly childless Los Angeles and Houston is even wider, and approaches 600,000.

What does this matter?

knowing where new families and households are forming should be of critical interest not only to demographers, but to investors, businesses and, over time, even politicians.

Welcome to the future.

Decline Of The Asian Family

Decline Of The Asian Family: Drop In Births Threatens Economic Ascendancy | Newgeography.com.

In the last half century, East Asia emerged as the uber-performer on the global economic stage. The various countries in the region found success with substantially different systems: state-led capitalism in South Korea, Singapore and Japan; wild and wooly, competitive, entrepreneur-led growth in Taiwan and Hong Kong; and more recently, what Deng Xiaoping once described as “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

But that will definitely change as the population of the region declines.  How will these nations face the future?  And what will that future be like?

Changing Demographics

This is a “fear-mongering” video, but it has some really important statistics. The world as I knew it is almost gone.

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