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How Many People in the United States Are Experiencing Homelessness?

(2020) The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States include an unemployment rate higher than at any time in the country’s history—including the Great Depression. As an unprecedented number of Americans struggle with job loss, many of them may lose their homes. Many others may lose their homes due to natural disasters or other crises.

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Disasters Raise Risk of a Homeless Undercount in 2020 Census

The 2020 Census count of people experiencing homelessness takes place in the middle of peak wildfire and hurricane seasons—and the coronavirus pandemic—making a complicated process even more challenging.

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The U.S. Population Is Growing Older, and the Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Is Narrowing

The current growth of the population ages 65 and older is unprecedented in U.S. history and has important implications for policymakers.

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U.S. Homeownership Rates Fall Among Young Adults, African Americans

Since 2010, homeownership rates for most racial/ethnic groups have held steady or increased, but the rate for blacks has continued to drop, especially among young adults.

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Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States

(2019) Population Reference Bureau’s Population Bulletin, “Aging in the United States,” examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are reshaping America’s older population.

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Population Bulletin, Vol. 74, No. 1: America’s Changing Population

Population Bulletin 74, No. 1 This Bulletin provides a preview of 2020 Census results—identified through data from surveys, population estimates, and projections—and an overview of key population and housing trends.

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Eight Demographic Trends Transforming America’s Older Population

(2018) A new publication from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies eight key demographic trends shaping the rapidly growing U.S. population ages 65 and older—projected to nearly double from 51 million in 2017 to 95 million by 2060.

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Population Bulletin, vol. 70, no. 2. Aging in the United States

(2015) Population Reference Bureau’s Population Bulletin, “Aging in the United States,” examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are reshaping America’s older population.

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