The United States will soon be bigger, older, and more diverse

August 2, 2018
The United States population is projected to be bigger, older, and more diverse by 2060, according to the latest Census Bureau projections. How might this country’s composition change between now and then, its 284th birthday? The share of the population who is at least age 65 will increase from about 1 in 7 today to 1 in 4 by 2060. That same year, just over 1 in 3 children are projected be non-Hispanic White. Meanwhile the U.S. population is projected to grow to 404 million, nearly one-quarter larger than today’s 326 million residents.
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Millennials eclipse Boomers as potential voters, but not everywhere

July 19, 2018
In The Who’s classic song, “My Generation,” Roger Daltrey wails, “I hope I die before I get old.” Personally, I hope GenXers, Millennials, and even the emergent Generation Z will vote before they get old. This year is projected to be the first that there are more Millennials of voting-age than Baby Boomers in the U.S. electorate. However, youth is wasted on the young, and for many, so is the right to vote. Our new nonpartisan Representing US project reveals where each generation’s influence is greatest, assuming they vote.

QUIZ: Representing US

July 11, 2018
Do you know which state has the oldest congressional district? Try your hand at our quiz and find out the answer to that question and more! It's 4 questions, and you will definitely learn something along the way.
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Media mentions

July 1, 2018
Explore media stories that contain insights and contributions from the APM Research Lab.
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College: Who's going, finishing, and finding work afterwards

May 30, 2018
The manicured greens on the college quads have largely emptied out, as another batch of hopeful graduates has earned their degrees. Which makes it a good time to consider key trends impacting the college experience: Who’s going, who’s graduating, and what sort of labor market are grads entering after tossing their mortarboards in the air? In 10 states and Washington, D.C., recent college grads face lower unemployment rates than the overall U.S. rate. And newly minted English majors face the highest unemployment rates among the 20 most common majors.
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Polling season ahead: What you need to know

May 24, 2018
Now that we are several states into the primaries, with the mid-term elections nearly upon us, there couldn’t be a better time to review some fundamentals about political polling. Major media outlets and many survey research firms have a strong reputational incentive for investing in solid surveys. Still, some pollsters and media outlets have either partisan motivations, more interest in attention than credibility, or both. We should all beware of polling results that seem too good (or too bad) to be true—especially those that may circulate on social media with little information concerning who did them or how they were done.

Quiz: Data Grab Bag II

May 22, 2018
We grabbed data from Lab Notes featured in the May issue of our newsletter for a well-rounded, fun 3-question quiz! We can almost guarantee you'll learn something new! Featuring insights about Spanish speakers, employment, and migration!
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Ban the Box may be counterproductive

May 16, 2018
Just a week after the announcement that the nation’s unemployment rate had hit its lowest level since late 2000, I spent a day immersed in some of the latest and greatest research ultimately aimed addressing labor market weaknesses at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank.
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Family has never been simple

May 4, 2018
The U.S. process for family-based or “chain” migration is complex. While the system allows for relatives to migrate to the United States for family reunification, it is far from an open-door policy. There are backlogs for family-sponsored visas ranging from two to 23 years depending on country of origin, family member being sponsored, and status of the sponsor.