Population Trends in the United States

Population Trends in the United States

Population Trends in the United States

Population Trends in the United States

Excerpt

In the course of gathering the information on population for the President's Research Committee on Social Trends it became evident that many of the trends were of long standing. Extensive compilations were accumulated some of which it was believed would be useful to other students of the subject. This monograph makes available some of the longer tables which could not be included in the report of the Committee and discusses their significance in greater detail. It attempts to give a more complete picture of population in the United States than has been available hitherto and to project past trends into the future in such manner that the probable changes can be evaluated by those who are interested in doing so.

Because the researchs under the auspices of the President's Research Committee were restricted to the analysis of objective data, this monograph deals chiefly with quantitative problems and their significance. Census volumes contain a vast amount of factual material on the size, distribution, and makeup of the population from 1790 to 1930; in comparison, only a small beginning has been made in building up a body of statistical material dealing with the highly important qualitative problems of population.

The authors wish to take this occasion to express their very great indebtedness to Dr. Leon E. Truesdell of the Bureau of the Census for furnishing 1930 census data in advance of publication. They also want to acknowledge the assistance rendered by Mr. J. H. Shera, Mrs. Celia Dorn, Mrs. Evangelyn Minnis, Miss Nelle Jackson, and Miss Mary Logan of the Scripps Foundation staff. Without their very conscientious interest in this work it would contain many more errors than it actually does.

WARREN S. THOMPSON. P. K. WHELPTON.

Oxford, Ohio, March, 1933.

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