It’s been a while since I’ve updated my quarterly chart of the U.S. population growth rate. Here it is. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
As you can see, the saw-tooth pattern of the growth rate, likely due to seasonal variation in immigration patterns, has (unfortunately) continued under the Obama administration.
The good news is that the rate of population growth is slowly declining at a linear rate. (See the trend line on the chart.) The bad news is that the rate of decline is so slow that, if it continues at the same linear rate, the U.S. population will finally peak at just over 513 million people around the year 2123 – 113 years from now.
This is the world our great-grandchildren will inherit – a country with two thirds more people than we have today – double the population of 1993. There will be 111 million additional workers competing for jobs. Unemployment will routinely be above 10%, even in the best of times. There will be 205 million additional energy consumers. 205 million more people flocking to the parks and beaches. 205 million more commuters packing onto our roads.
What will it feel like? Well, imagine taking everyone who lives west of the Mississippi (including Hawaii and Alaska) and then forcing them to move east of the Mississippi. In addition, take two thirds of the entire population of Canada and move them to the U.S. east of the Mississippi River too. Now, imagine what life would be like if you’re someone living in the eastern U.S. That’s exactly what life will be like for all Americans in a little over a hundred years.
If this isn’t the kind of future you envision for your great-grandchildren, then call or write you congressmen today to express your concern about our out-of-control rate of both legal and illegal immigration.