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    The America of the near future will look nothing like the America
    of the recent past.

    America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge
    generation gaps have opened up in our political and social
    values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial
    and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation,
    and our technology use.

    Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed
    twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in
    American history to have a lower standard of living than their
    parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring
    every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially
    as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped
    polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and
    presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to
    keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and
    starving the future.

    Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally
    transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States
    will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above
    40—both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging
    economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have
    populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration
    flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get
    our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we
    can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have
    to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In
    tomorrow’s world, yesterday’s math will not add up.

    Drawing on Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public
    opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich
    portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re
    headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social,
    racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.

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