The rough figures from this year’s U.S. Census were announced on Tuesday and while the news for each state varied, as a country, the news was good when compared to the rest of the world.
The U.S. population is hovering just under 309 million people. Even though our country is facing a variety of problems, ranging from overwhelming debt to continued struggles with illegal immigration; it could be a lot worse.
When compared to the current situations in past world powers in Europe, and future world powers in Asia, the U.S. is in pretty good shape.
In less than three generations, two of the major allies in World War II, France and Britain, are fighting just to keep their populations at current levels and encountering all sorts of problems associated with the contraction of a population.
Throughout Europe, birth rates are falling dramatically, young people are protesting the increase of the retirement age, and the fact that the most popular male baby name in Britain this year was Mohammed may pose its own set of issues.
It may not be easy to find room for everyone in our growing nation, but it beats watching your country slowly die off.
On the other side of the world, literally, future world powers China and India are seeing the opposite trends with their populations, and encountering wholly different kinds of problems.
China’s one child per family policy and societal prejudice for male children mean that the country may honestly face a gender crisis within a generation. Meanwhile, the country still faces over-population and associated environmental problems.
And even though India hasn’t responded to their dangerously blooming population with the same Draconian measures, its path to the future is filled with problems of a different class.
India’s class based society and lightning speed growth is creating a major chasm between the rich and the poor so significant that it makes the U.S. look like we all live in the same neighborhood.
Looking at our country’s new census numbers through the prism of the rest of the world, it honestly feels that we are in the Baby Bear position from “Goldilocks”. Our population is “just right”.
Individual states and cities are certainly facing struggles with both shrinking numbers, like Michigan and with ramifications from wild growth, like Florida and Nevada, but again, as a country we seem to be treading water nicely.
How long we can tread water successfully is an excellent question. We may have to wait until the 2020 census to know the real answer to that one.
Bloggers Note: I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I’ll be spending mine away from the blog for a few days, but I’ll be back early next week. Thanks for reading.
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– Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Read new entries here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dezzutti writes about federal, state and local matters and how our elected leaders are handling the issues important to Colorado. Dezzutti also produces the Emmy winning Colorado Inside Out, hosted by Raj Chohan, on Colorado Public Television.