7 Ways the U.S. Population is Changing

Immigration, Hispanics, and new childbearing trends are shifting U.S. demographics.

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6. More Women with Diplomas

The U.S. population is getting more educated as a whole, with 87 percent of adults 25 and older having high school diplomas in 2010—up from 84 percent in 2000. But women in particular are helping to drive America's growing educational attainment. The Census Bureau reported this year that 37 percent of employed women have attained a bachelor's degree or more (as of 2010), compared to 35 percent of men. Women have also surpassed men in terms of advanced degrees; 10.6 million American women have master's degrees or higher, compared to 10.5 million men. However, men still have far more professional and doctoral degrees than women.

7. Waiting to Procreate

An increasing number of those educated women are putting off childbearing. According to the Census Bureau, among women aged 25 to 34 in 2000, 83 percent with less than a high-school education had given birth, compared to 42 percent of women with bachelor's degrees. But 10 years later, the gap within that same cohort had closed considerably—88 percent of women without high school diplomas had children, as well as 76 percent of women with bachelor's degrees.

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