Change in rates of population growth and in the characteristics of populations are often seen as background information that do not directly alter the future socioeconomic characteristics of the United States. This chapter provides evidence clearly establishing that change in the size, distribution, age, gender, race/ethnicity, household composition, and other characteristics of populations directly and indirectly impact future socioeconomic and subsequent demand for public and private goods and services. It delineates how, using population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau and a large array of data collected by the authors, population-based projections of educational attainment, change in income and other economic resources, public services, the labor force, households, housing demand, health care requirements, levels of financial investment, and transportation can be used to understand and plan for the future of the United States.


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  1. 1.Hobby Center & Department of SociologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Hobby Ctr. for the Study of TexasRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.AlexandriaUSA
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