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Topic - William C. Frey
More than a half-century after the baby boom, echoes shake the nation. The first boomers are now 66, the number of people younger than 45 has declined in most states over the past decade, and the 2011 birthrate was the lowest on record, at nearly half the 1957 rate. The divide between the population needing care and the working adults who do the earning and caring worsens each year.
America's majority-white population kept growing in 2010, thanks to a burgeoning number of "Hispanic whites," the Census Bureau said Thursday.
"As a nation, we have to understand there are very tough issues we're going to have to face in terms of government services and support for the elderly population," Mr. Frey said.
"The aging-in-place phenomenon is a stealth phenomenon because you know these people are around, but in 10 years they're going to be older," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.