America's Demographic Destiny: 550 Million People by 2050?

If "demography is destiny" then the United States in the 21st Century will become larger, richer and more powerful than ever.

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October 22, 2004, 5:00 AM PDT

By Michael Dudley


While fertility rates are dropping in other developed countries, and even China is facing the prospect of a huge and rapidly aging population, some demographers believe that the U.S. is in the "midst of an expansion that might rival its post-World War II baby boom... resulting in a population of 550 million by 2050."

Thanks to Michael Dudley

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