YOUTH POPULATION PROJECTIONS

The U.S. population totaled 321.4 million in 2015 and is expected to reach 380.2 million by 2040, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2015, kids ages 0-14 totaled 61 million, a number that is projected to increase by nearly 4 million over the next 25 years.

Yet the overall proportion of the U.S. population age 0-14 is projected to decline, due to the expected increase in citizens ages 65 and older. The Census Bureau projects the percentage of kids will decline from 19% of the total population to 17% in 2035 and in 2040, while the 65+ group is expected to account for 21.7% by 2040. 

Despite this increase, the U.S. will remain one of the world’s younger developed nations during this period. 

NATIONAL GROWTH PREDICTIONS FOR AGES 0-17*

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