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Portrait of the US describes our nation’s altering inhabitants and examines via a demographic lens a few of our such a lot urgent modern demanding situations, starting from poverty and financial inequality to racial tensions and wellbeing and fitness disparities. Celebrated authorJohn Iceland covers a number of issues, together with America's historic demographic progress; the yank family members at the present time; gender inequality; financial wellbeing and fitness; immigration and variety; racial and ethnic inequality; inner migration and home segregation; and well-being and mortality.

The dialogue of those issues is proficient by way of numerous resources, together with an exam of family survey information, and via syntheses of current released fabric, either quantitative and qualitative. Iceland discusses the present concerns and controversies round those subject matters, highlighting their position in daily debates occurring in Congress, the media, and in American dwelling rooms. every one bankruptcy contains ancient historical past, in addition to a dialogue of the way styles and traits within the usa evaluate to these in peer countries.

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Poverty rates, by race and ethnicity, 1959–2011 40. Percentage of newlyweds married to someone of a different race/ethnicity, 2010 41. Population percentage distribution, by region, 1950–2010 42. Percentage of change in population, by state, 2000–2010 43. Percentage of the population in suburbs, central cities, and nonmetropolitan areas, 1910–2010 44. Mean dissimilarity, by group, 1970–2010 45. Mean isolation, by group, 1970–2010 46. Average family income segregation and segregation of poverty and affluence, 1970–2009 47.

Percentage distribution of five leading causes of death, by age group, in the United States, 2010 52. Life expectancy at birth in selected OECD countries, 2011 TABLES 1. Leading causes of death in the United States: 1860, 1900, and 2010 2. Distribution of children, by household type, in selected OECD countries, 2007 3. Metropolitan areas ranked according to the fastest rates of growth and decline, 2000–2010 Acknowledgments I would like to thank a number of people who provided critical help for this book, often in the form of insightful reviews of draft chapters: Paul Amato, Sarah Damaske, Rick Rodgers, Jeffrey M.

Percentage of births to unmarried women (ages 20–29 years), by race/ethnicity and level of education, 2009 13. Percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds who completed four years of college or more, by gender, 1940–2011 14. Gender distribution by field of study among 25- to 39-year-olds holding bachelor’s degrees, 2009 15. Percentage of the population age 16 years and over who are employed, by gender, 1970–2010 16. Women as a percentage of the total number employed in selected occupations, 2011 17. Occupational segregation, by gender, 1970–2009 18.

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