According to a new report by the US Census Bureau, the population of the country can see a growth of up to 447 million by 2060 or fall as low as 320 million.
The population growth will be determined by the number of immigrants who are admitted into the country in the next forty years. The report says if the current levels of immigration continue, the population will come to 404 million by 2060. However, if the immigrant intake is reduced by half, the population growth will only be 376 million.
Based on the scenario of increasing immigration by 50 percent, the population will be 447 million by 2060. Considering a scenario of all immigration being stopped from now, the population of US is expected to grow till 332 million by 2035 and then decrease to 320 million by 2060.
In case of high immigration, the percentage of foreign-origin residents is expected to rise to 21.6 percent of the population by 2060. If immigration is stopped the contribution could come down to 4.6 percent. In the same period the median age of the population will increase from 37.9 to above forty years of age.
The four scenarios defined by the Census Bureau indicate the influence of immigrants in the population growth of the country. The report also says the immigration patterns in the next forty years will also influence the racial and ethnic components of the US population.
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