YOUTH POPULATION PROJECTIONS

During the 2010 census, the population of the United States was 308,745,538.  Nearly one-quarter of that total — 74,120,567 — was under the age of 18.

According to national growth projections released in 2012, the youth population is estimated to grow 9% over the next 20+ years, topping 81.5 million in 2035.  However, the under-18 demographic is expected to represent a slightly declining percentage of the country’s total aging population, dropping nearly two full points from 24% in 2010 to 22.1% in 2035.

NATIONAL GROWTH PREDICTIONS FOR AGES 0-17*

National BGrowth Predictions

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Projections of the Resident Population by Sex for the United States 2015 to 2035

Sex and age

(Resident Population as of July 1 Numbers in Thousands)

2015

2020

2025

2030

2035

Total Population

321,363

333,896

346,407

358,471

369,662

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOTH SEXES

Under 18 years

74,518

76,159

78,190

80,348

81,509

0

4,275

4,367

4,402

4,425

4,498

1

4,262

4,367

4,414

4,437

4,500

2

4,247

4,365

4,426

4,451

4,503

3

4,228

4,360

4,434

4,464

4,506

4

4,040

4,349

4,438

4,475

4,508

5

4,010

4,335

4,437

4,482

4,511

6

4,008

4,318

4,432

4,488

4,516

7

4,135

4,297

4,424

4,492

4,521

8

4,153

4,274

4,412

4,494

4,528

9

4,117

4,083

4,399

4,494

4,535

10

4,102

4,051

4,383

4,492

4,540

11

4,110

4,048

4,364

4,485

4,544

12

4,078

4,173

4,342

4,475

4,547

13

4,059

4,190

4,318

4,463

4,548

14

4,158

4,154

4,127

4,450

4,549

15

4,221

4,141

4,098

4,437

4,549

16

4,154

4,154

4,101

4,426

4,550

17

4,161

4,133

4,239

4,418

4,556

18 years & over

246,845

257,737

268,218

278,123

288,153

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALE

Total Male

158,362

164,812

171,196

177,323

183,013

Under 18 years

38,089

38,937

39,989

41,104

41,700

0

2,186

2,233

2,251

2,263

2,300

1

2,180

2,233

2,257

2,269

2,301

2

2,171

2,232

2,263

2,276

2,302

3

2,161

2,229

2,267

2,282

2,304

4

2,065

2,223

2,269

2,288

2,305

5

2,048

2,216

2,269

2,292

2,307

6

2,046

2,208

2,266

2,295

2,309

7

2,112

2,198

2,262

2,297

2,313

8

2,123

2,186

2,257

2,298

2,316

9

2,106

2,088

2,250

2,299

2,320

10

2,097

2,070

2,242

2,298

2,323

11

2,099

2,067

2,233

2,295

2,325

12

2,082

2,133

2,222

2,290

2,327

13

2,072

2,143

2,209

2,284

2,327

14

2,124

2,125

2,112

2,277

2,328

15

2,161

2,118

2,095

2,271

2,329

16

2,126

2,123

2,096

2,266

2,330

17

2,130

2,112

2,169

2,264

2,334

18 years & over

120,273

125,875

131,208

136,219

141,314

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEMALE

Total Female

163,001

169,084

175,211

181,148

186,649

Under 18 years

36,429

37,222

38,201

39,244

39,809

0

2,089

2,134

2,151

2,162

2,198

1

2,083

2,134

2,157

2,168

2,199

2

2,076

2,133

2,163

2,175

2,201

3

2,066

2,131

2,167

2,182

2,202

4

1,975

2,126

2,169

2,187

2,203

5

1,962

2,118

2,168

2,190

2,205

6

1,962

2,110

2,166

2,193

2,206

7

2,023

2,100

2,161

2,195

2,209

8

2,029

2,088

2,156

2,195

2,212

9

2,011

1,994

2,149

2,195

2,215

10

2,006

1,981

2,141

2,194

2,217

11

2,011

1,981

2,131

2,190

2,219

12

1,996

2,041

2,121

2,185

2,220

13

1,987

2,047

2,108

2,179

2,221

14

2,034

2,029

2,015

2,173

2,221

15

2,061

2,024

2,003

2,166

2,220

16

2,028

2,031

2,005

2,160

2,220

17

2,031

2,021

2,070

2,155

2,221

18 years & over

126,572

131,862

137,010

141,904

146,839

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 2012 National Projections
Release Date: December 2012