The Centenarian Population: 2007–2011

On April 15, 2014, in Social Issues, by editor2

U.S. Census Bureau. April 2014.

There are 55,000 centenarians in the U.S. Of centenarians, 57 percent received at least a high school diploma. Women made up 81 percent of centenarians. 17 percent of centenarians lived below the poverty line. Among women, 3 percent of centenarians were married. Among men, 23 percent of centenarians were married. Of centenarians, 83 percent received Social Security income. 24 percent of centenarians received retirement income. [PDF format, 7 pages].

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Pew Research Center. March 14, 2014.

The Census Bureau has embarked on a years-long research project intended to improve the accuracy and reliability of its race and ethnicity data. A problem is that a growing percentage of Americans don’t select a race category provided on the form: As many as 6.2% of census respondents selected only “some other race” in the 2010 census, the vast majority of whom were Hispanic. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [HTML format].

U.S. Census Bureau. June 13, 2013.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Asians were the nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012. Their population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates. More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration.

By comparison, the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012. The Hispanic population growth was fueled primarily by natural increase (births minus deaths), which accounted for 76 percent of Hispanic population change. Hispanics remain our nation’s second largest race or ethnic group (behind non-Hispanic whites), representing about 17 percent of the total population.

These statistics are part of a set of annual population estimates released today by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex. They examine population change for these groups nationally, as well as within all states and counties, between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. [HTML format]

Yale Global. April 15, 2013.

Nations that manage to satisfy a large population politically, economically, socially can become beacons of hope for the rest of the world. The U.S. is the world’s third most populated country, trailing China and India, but could aim to become most populated by the end of the century: An eightfold increase in annual immigration would lead to a fivefold increase in the U.S. population, explains demographer Joseph Chamie. Immigration is a dominant force behind population totals for the U.S., as well as its balance between young and old and transmission of social values. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [HTML format].

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Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends. November 29, 2012.

The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest level ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the Great Recession. Even with the decline, foreign-born women continue to account for a disproportionate share of U.S. births, 23% in 2010. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 21 pages].

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