Special Topics: The Changing Demographic Profile

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The special topic calls for papers on the Changing Demographic Profile and such papers will appear in Studies in Sociology of Science as a special column.

Affiliated research area: Demography, as an Example of the USA, the Structure of the U.S. Population, Ethnic Composition


The United States, the third most populous country globally, accounts for about 4.5% of the world’s population. The U.S. population—currently estimated at 308.7 million persons—has more than doubled since its 1950 level of 152.3 million. More than just being double in size, the population has become qualitatively different from what it was in 1950. As noted by the population Reference Bureau, “The U.S. is getting bigger, older, and more diverse.” The objective of this report is to highlight some of the demographic changes that have already occurred since 1950 and to illustrate how these and future trends will reshape the nation in the decades to come (through 2050).The United States Is Getting Bigger. U.S. population growth is due to the trends over time in the population interplay of increased births, decreased deaths, and increased net immigration.

The United States Is Getting Older. Aside from the total size, one of the most important demographic characteristics of a population for public policy is its age and sex structure. This expert illustrates how the United States has been in the midst of a profound demographic change: the rapid aging of its population, as reflected by an increasing proportion of persons aged 65 and under, and an increasing median age in the population. United States Is Becoming More Racially and Ethnically Diverse, reflecting the major influence that immigration has had on both the size and the age structure of the U.S. population.

This section considers the changing profile of the five major racial groups in the United States. In addition, trends in the changing ethnic composition of the Hispanic or Latino Origin population ne discussed.


In addition to the Review and Original Articles by invited speakers, we are inviting you to submit a relevant research paper on the Changing Demographic Profile for consideration. Papers will be subject to normal peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors.

To submit papers to the “The Changing Demographic Profile” Special Topic, please go to http://www.cscanada.net. With your submission, please state clearly to the editor that your manuscripts are submitted to the Special Topic the Changing Demographic Profile.


Related Journals (Special issue):

Studies in Sociology of Science, ISSN 1923-0176 [Print], ISSN 1923-0184 [Online]. http://cscanada.net/index.php/sss/index

Related Articles:

The Changing Demographic Profile of the United States by Laura B. Shrestha and Elayne J. Heisler