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Monday, April 2, 2012

The census: Then and Now

Today there was a fascinating article on that talked about how America has changed since the 1940 census. There were so many interesting charts and I have to talk about my favorites: how much more diverse we've become, how the gap is shrinking between men and women's salaries and how our industry focus has completely shifted.

The fact is, America is no longer classified as "white, black and other" because so many people are multiethnic. The majority of my friends are at least 2 different ethnicities and that is only getting more and more popular. It is difficult to find people that are 100% of one ethnicity anymore. Hispanics obviously mixing at the highest rate within minorities in the U.S., it wouldn't surprise me if one day half Hispanic and half White becomes it's own segment!

Also, girl power! Hello! It's awesome to see that the gap is shrinking between men and women's salaries. I am so proud of my girlfriends that have post secondary education. I love women entrepreneurs even more.

Lastly, America is falling behind. Everything is made in China and quite frankly Asia will surpass us in terms of manufacturing and perhaps one day innovation instead of just knocking off everything. We are becoming a society that relies too heavily on "social assistance" and the other mentioned industries as opposed to manufacturing which shrunk.

Where will we be in the next 50-60 years?

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