Introduction

WHEREVER PEOPLE ARE, they are always making a demographic impact. Whether a population is large or small, people always leave their mark. I believe that the science and art of demographics is grossly underrated and unappreciated. It is a simple science, really, that deals with live births, fertility, immigration, migration, aging, and death. This book was written to demonstrate the enormous power of counting people, promote the understanding of population change through time, and show how distinct population groups and shifts in population size significantly impact the world around them.

While the impacts of shifting and changing demography are global, the eye of the perfect demographic storm is in the continent of North America ...

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