This report focuses on the major demographic forces transforming the nation and large metropolitan areas in the 2000s. In this sense, it previews what we will learn from the results of the 2010 Census, as well as supplements those results in important ways. It includes chapters that correspond to nine of the most important subjects tracked by the Census Bureau in its annual American Community Survey, along with the policy implications of the findings.
This report also introduces an emerging metropolitan typology, containing seven distinct categories. These new classifications are based upon metrics of population growth, diversity, and educational attainment as compared to national averages.
Leaders must be very intentional in raising the skills and education levels of the fastest-growing portions of our population. Our global competitiveness, our innovative capacities, will hinge on our ability to arm Latinos, Asians and African Americans with the skills and tools they need to thrive in our economy.