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21 charts that explain how the US is changing

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I <3 demographic charts and graphs! Two of the coolest factoids from this one:

* People in 1890 married halfway through their lives but people today marry only 1/3 of the way through!

* "Peak car" was probably about 2005, and driving has declined since then.

A lot of good stuff about some of the clearest trends in American life.

I'm still trying to get used to the idea that America will grow by 130 million people in the next 40 years.

This one is fascinating:

Map mean population center USA imgur We're moving farther and farther west, plus a little south

Yes, the 1800s were the age of westward expansion, but the trend never really stopped.

One way the Census Bureau measures geographic shifts is by measuring the US's "mean center of population" — that is, "the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly" if all Americans weighed exactly the same. As of 2010, that point was near the village of Plato, Missouri. But this westward and southward doesn't necessarily mean that lots of Americans are packing up and moving west and south...rather, it simply means that the populations of the West and South keep growing faster than the Northeast and Midwest. That includes people moving, but also shifts in birth rates and immigration.

This is unsettling:

chart American jobs growing future 2020 2030

We're going to need more healthcare workers, and fast:

Largely because of our aging population, there's going to be a growing need for more healthcare workers in the US economy over the next 10 years. But these aren't going to be high-paid workers like neurosurgeons and anesthesiologists. Home health aides and personal care aides, both of which are going to grow by around 50 percent, are also remarkably low-paid jobs, with median annual pay of around $20,000 each.

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