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This documented briefing describes demographic developments within the usa , considers their social and monetary implications, and displays at the demanding situations they pose for public coverage.

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Johnson 2. Hernandez 3. Brown 3. Martinez 4. Jones 4. Gonzalez • • • • • • 7. Garcia 7. Johnson Source: Acxiom/DataQuick Information Systems. DB320-47 A useful barometer of advancing ethnic pluralism at the local scale is the change visible in the names of new home buyers—those realizing the “American dream” for the first time. Typically, they are named Smith, Johnson, Brown, and Jones, with Garcia in seventh place. S. Los Angeles 1. Smith 1. Garcia 2. Johnson 2. Hernandez 3. Brown 3. Martinez 4.

S. demographic picture. S. Census Bureau projections19 show the specifics at the national scale: a population in which persons of Hispanic origin will soon outnumber African Americans (by 2005); and non-Hispanic white (Anglo) persons will themselves eventually become a “minority,” comprising less than half of all Americans (by 2060). Counting by category, however, obscures the deeper story: the social change accompanying this demographic transformation. Intermarriage is rising, and more Americans can identify themselves as multiracial.

These trends are a powerful reminder of the importance of education as an investment in the nation’s future. 18 See David Boesel and Eric Fredland’s College for All? S. Department of Education, National Library of Education, January 1999. 37 4. S. demographic picture. S. Census Bureau projections19 show the specifics at the national scale: a population in which persons of Hispanic origin will soon outnumber African Americans (by 2005); and non-Hispanic white (Anglo) persons will themselves eventually become a “minority,” comprising less than half of all Americans (by 2060).

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