Thursday, February 14, 2008

Immigration to Play Lead Role in U.S Population Growth from 2005 to 2050, Pew Research Study Finds

If current trends continue, the population of the United States will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 296 million in 2005, and 82% of the increase will be due to immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their U.S.-born descendants, according to new projections developed by the Pew Research Center. The nation's racial and ethnic mix will change markedly by mid-century, the projections show, with the Hispanic share of the population rising to 29%. Among non-Hispanic race groups, the Asian share will rise to 9%, the black share will hold steady at 13% and the white share will fall to 47%.

The report, U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center website, www.pewhispanic.org.

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take positions on policy issues. Its work is carried out by eight projects, among them the Pew Hispanic Center and the Social & Demographic Trends project, which together produced this report.

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