Entries in U.S. Census Bureau (4)


Census Bureau: No More White Majority by 2043

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- White people will stop making up a majority of Americans by the year 2043, new census data shows.

While whites will still be the largest racial group, no group will comprise over 50 percent of the population.  By 2060, minority groups taken together will make up 57 percent of the country.

In previous data, these changes were expected to come sooner.  But the Census Bureau says the economic downturn and lower immigration figures have muted the American birth rate.

The white population is now expected to peak in 2024, at which point it will slowly decrease.  The Hispanic population, however, is expected to double between 2024 and 2060, to a total of 128.8 million people.  Under those projections, nearly one in three U.S. residents would be Hispanic.

Also notable is the tipping point for people over the age of 65, which will outnumber those under 18 by the year 2056.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Most Americans Consider Their Health to Be Excellent or Very Good

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two thirds of Americans consider themselves to be in either “excellent” or “very good” health, a new government report finds. 

Another 24 percent describe their health as “good,” while 8 percent said it was “fair.”  Two percent consider themselves to be in “poor” health.

The findings come from a just-released U.S. Census Bureau study of working-age adults in 2010.

Additional findings from the report:

  • In 2010, working-age adults made an average of 3.9 visits to doctors, nurses and other medical providers, down from 4.8 in 2001.
  • Respondents were much less likely to visit a dentist at least once in the last year than a medical provider: 59 percent compared with 73 percent.
  • Medical provider visits become more likely with age, as 37 percent of young adults 18 to 24 did not visit a provider at all during the year, compared with 8 percent of those 65 and older.
  • Women were more likely than men to have visited a medical provider during the year, 78 percent compared with 67 percent.
  • 92 percent of the population did not spend a night in a hospital during the previous year, and only 1 percent spent eight or more nights.
  • The chances of spending no nights in the hospital ranged from 96 percent for children to 83 percent for people 65 and older.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Is 90 the New 85? Census Finds More Americans Living Longer

Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- There are two million people in the U.S. who are at least 90 years old, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.  That's three times the number than in 1980.

With the way things are going, the government predicts there will be about eight million people in the 90-plus category by 2050.

In its first-ever report on nonagenarians, the Census Bureau says this is the fastest growing segment of the population.  The government had to revise its findings because the "oldest old" used to be 85.

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As might be expected, these elderly folks are not without health complications.  Virtually all of the 90-plus crowd who live in nursing homes have at least one disability, while four out of five who live elsewhere also have to deal with one or more disabilities.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Countries Mark World Malaria Day

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- On Monday countries across the globe will acknowledge World Malaria Day.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Assembly in 2007, and is an occasion for recognizing the global effort devoted to providing effective control of the disease.

The WHO says the day is also an opportunity for research and academic institutions to flag their scientific advances to experts and the general public and for international partners, companies and foundations to feature their efforts and reflect on how to improve upon what has worked

Individuals living in extremely poor countries are said to be most vulnerable to malaria. Every year there are about 250 million cases of malaria reported throughout the world, and nearly 800,000 deaths, according to the WHO.

Approximately 1,200 to 1,500 new cases are reported in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with all cases said to be originating outside of U.S. borders.

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