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There are two major components to population change:
Demographics is destiny! In contemporary America, the general rule has been one of increasing population. Immigrants arrived from distant shores and the stork delivered new bundles of joy. That, however, is changing.
Demographic Winter is a new term to describe falling population levels. In America, demographic winter is mostly the result of plummeting birth rates and, to a lesser degree, the aging of the baby boom generation. The aging impact on America’s population has been offset by longer life-spans, but a baby never born has exponential ripple effects on the size of the future population.
As a result of too few babies being born, many states and counties will experience a shrinking working-age population and eventually shrinking overall populations. This will create the same conditions as a slow moving economic depression. Already, Maine and West Virginia have more deaths than births and more states are following close behind.
Be sure to check out our demographic analysis by state: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming