More than 70 percent of today's baby boomers and seniors are white, and they grew up during a time when the nation's minority population was relatively small and consisted mainly of African Americans. By contrast, 40 percent of those under age 35 belong to minority groups. They have grown up during a period when racial mingling is the norm at school, work, social occasions and houses of worship.
The fact that outer suburban growth has continued to falter two years after the recession ended calls into question whether today’s younger generations will hold the same residential preferences as their forebears.
We need to have an immigration policy that recognizes the labor-force needs of this country, whatever they are. Clearly, we focus on the high-skilled workers because they have the greatest productivity for the economy. But low-skilled jobs are important, too. As we get a bigger middle-class population, we will need people to work in many of those lower-skilled jobs which may not be filled with our existing population.
We still are a country that's kind of divided, and a lot of that fissure in the population tends to be based in race and age and ethnicity. There's kind of a dangerous result in this election when we see older whites moving in one direction and younger minorities moving in another direction.
What’s constant in this country is its ability to adapt—adapt to people with changing backgrounds, people with changing attitudes. But Hispanics really are a very big part of America’s present and future. And they’re not clustered in one area. They’ve been fanning out to all parts of the United States, and by moving into new parts of the country ...they’re becoming accepted by these communities.
The long-term scenario [for Rhode Island] will be at best tepid population gain. It’s quite likely that the state could lose a Congressional seat, as it barely retained its second seat after the past census. If it loses its second seat, it will be the first time the state had one seat since 1793.