How US demographics changed in 2018: 5 essential reads

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear By Aviva Rutkin, The ConversationEditor’s note: As we come to the end of the year, Conversation editors take a look back at the stories that – for them – exemplified 2018.The end of the year is a classic time for reflection. But, in today’s turbulent news cycle, it can be hard to keep track of what happened last week, let alone what was going on way back on Jan. 1.For a look back at 2018, I’d like to slow down and draw attention to a few stories that looked at the big picture. How is the U.S. changing, on a grand and gradual scale? How are Americans different than they were last year, or last decade, or last century?These patterns may not yet be fully understood, but they hint at what the U.S. could become.1. Americans aren’t living as longThis was the third year in a row with falling U.S. life expectancy.“The U.S. is not bumping up against natural limits to life expectancy,” writes David Bishai, who studies health economics at Johns Hopkins University. “The extra American funerals were for American sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, neighbors and coworkers dying in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Their death certificates list mostly overdoses from opioids and other substances, cirrhosis, suicide and homicide.”2. Americans aren’t having as many kidsIt’s a baby bust: This year, the national fertility rate fell by 2 percent, to just 1.76 children per women. That’s the lowest the rate has been in 30 years.Demographers offered a number of explanations for the drop, including birth control use and the high cost of having children.Caroline Sten Hartnett at the University of South Carolina isn’t too worried, explaining that the drop brings the U.S. closer to its peers: “This gap between the U.S. and other developed countries baffled demographers through the 1990s and early 2000s.”3. Americans are getting olderThe declining birth rate and the rising death rate go hand in hand. Some counties are experiencing “natural decrease,” a demographic phenomenon where the number of deaths actually outweigh the number of births.Meanwhile, the country’s average age has shot up, from 28.1 years old in 1970 to 37.9 in 2016.“This graying of America has left a distinctive geographical fingerprint,” says Peter Rogerson, a geographer at SUNY Buffalo. Americans over 70 are more highly concentrated in popular retirement states like Florida and Arizona, as well as the Midwest and the Appalachians.4. Americans are struggling with new racial dynamicsIn the 1990s, California plunged into political turmoil, thanks to sharp job losses and a wave of anti-immigration sentiment.Manuel Pastor at the University of Southern California, Dornsife believes that this political environment was borne from a rising “racial generation gap” between white people over 65 and young people of color.He sees California state history replaying on the national stage today. “Much like in California in the 1990s, we have seen a racialized ‘whitelash’ which in this case brought the election of Donald Trump, the racist violence in Charlottesville, and the revocation of DACA, the program designed to protect undocumented youth brought to this country at an early age.”5. Americans are moving to the suburbsOver the last 50 years, Americans have gradually moved away from rural regions, drawn largely by urban economic opportunity. Today, more than 80 percent of Americans live in an urban or suburban area.But millennials don’t seem to share previous generations’ enthusiasm for suburban life, writes Arizona State University’s Christopher Boone. “Will millennials follow older generations to the suburbs as they marry, have children, recover from the shocks of the Great Recession and find affordable housing? The jury is still out.” Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment!center_img Aviva Rutkin, is a Big Data and Applied Mathematics Editor for The Conversation.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGS2018demographicstheconversation.com Previous articleChristmas: At the heart of it allNext articleCan astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Friday Funnies – Prop Vadim Cobilas can’t avoid up and under!

first_imgFriday Mar 4, 2016 Friday Funnies – Prop Vadim Cobilas can’t avoid up and under! Moldovan Vadim Cobilas first appeared on Rugbydump exactly a year ago, when the Sale Sharks prop attempted a dropgoal, much to the amusement of those watching on. Recently he was the the subject of a few laughs yet again, this time for finding himself unawares under a high ball.The hefty 32-year-old was minding his own business while the backs did their thing, when suddenly the breeze caught a wayward up and under, and he got pinged on the melon!The poor guy didn’t stand a chance, much like Andrea Lo Cicero in 2008.View more amusing clips in our Funnies archiveADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Carson’s Brewery Is Partnering With It Takes A Village Canine Rescue

first_imgchannel 44 news: New Branded Beer Launched to Raise Awareness For Abused, Neglected AnimalsNOVEMBER 17TH, 2017  TYRONE MORRIS INDIANA Carson’s Brewery is partnering with It Takes a Village Canine Rescue for a specially brewed and branded beer.It’s called the Fur-Ever Home Tropical Ale. It was a way for ITV Board Member and Volunteer Brian Buxton to support local business, and bring awareness to the needs of homeless, abused and neglected animals.Initial production is set for 32,000 cans and there will also be kegs shipped to local restaurants.You can sample the Fur-Ever Home Tropical Ale for yourself starting in early December.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img