America by the Numbers

A Field Guide to the U.S. Population

An eye-opening, at-a-glance guide to the myths and realities of American demography

Is demography destiny? Corporate marketers and government agencies act as if it is, producing mountains of statistics about Americans—most always remarkably inaccessible and dry. Now, America by the Numbers puts the power of demography back in the people’s hands, collecting and clearly explaining a vast amount of population data in easy-to-read, informative tables and graphs. From the new immigration to the aging of America, this guide reveals how the ebb and flow of population shapes every public and private decision we make.

In an engaging and accessible form, America by the Numbers ranges across the U.S. landscape as it offers the latest facts about racial conflict, class division, health, schooling, family life, crime, and political participation. The most recent in The New Press’s highly successful popular guides to politics and economics—including Field Guide to the U.S. Economy and Social Stratification in the United StatesAmerica by the Numbers is both a practical reference on U.S. population trends and a probing examination of the roots of America’s most pressing problems.