A few weeks ago (June 1), I wrote about the continued slow decline of fertility rates in the US, with the total fertility rate (the number of children a women is expected to have over her child-bearing lifetime) clocking in a 1.82 in 2016. The same trends can be observed in many other countries, where … More Why are Fertility Rates Declining?
A question that has always intrigued me is the maximum age an individual can attain. As recently as 1900, life expectancy was roughly 50 years, but much less in many of what we now refer to as developing countries. We know that average life expectancies have been slowly increasing, thanks to advances in public … More What is Our Maximum Age?
How far would $10,000 take you on a trip? A week long cruise? Perhaps the trip of a lifetime? For undocumented migrants, $10,000 might get them into the US. The fee, charged by coyotes (human smugglers) typically provides 3 attempts at crossing the border into the US, although no guarantees are provided. A recent article … More The High Cost of Undocumented Entry into the US
I have watched with increasing concern over the past few weeks the impacts of Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy, a policy that has resulted in the detention and separation of parents from their children, some of whom are not old enough to speak yet. Since April, some 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and … More Crisis at the Border? Undocumented Migration and the Separation of Children and Parents
Updating my post from July 5 of 2017, US fertility rates continue their slow decline. With an already low total fertility rate (1.8 in 2016, or below ‘replacement’ level), new data shows that the US fertility rate continues to decline. Between 2015 and 2016, the TFR fell from 1.84 to 1.82. The difference between the … More US Fertility Continues to Decline
The vast northward movement of African Americans over the first half of the twentieth century is well documented. At that time, thousands moved to the US Midwest and Northeast to find jobs and escape the poverty of the South. Decades later, that flow has reversed, with large scale out-migration from cities such as Chicago, Detroit, … More Southbound: The Migration of African American’s to the US South
As a population researcher, I love data – it allows us to tell our stories and highlight particular cases as we seek to understand how and where populations move due to conflict, environmental disasters, or other reasons. Interactive sites, which allow you to explore the data based on your own interests and questions, give you … More Counting International and Displaced Migrants