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This is a refreshing book, even a reassuring one. Author Joel Kotkin describes a 2050 America deeply rooted in the present. Major societal changes will come about, and many are underway already, in signs as pervasive as telecommuting and as public as the face of President Barack Obama. Kotkin’s future can seem a bit conservative, especially since he doesn’t focus on radically negative futures (the impact of massive climate change, for instance) or technological change. His analysis remains grounded in observation, which renders his thoughts accessible and useful. getAbstract recommends his forecast to futurists, to business leaders who need to envision their future workforce and marketplace, and to those interested in American culture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What America will be like in 2050,
  • How 100 million new Americans will change the United States, and
  • How American values will persist and adapt.

About the Author

Joel Kotkin wrote six books, including The City: A Global History, and is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University.



What Will America Be Like with 400 Million People?

By 2050, America will be home to 400 million people or more. This crucial demographic defines America’s future. President Barack Obama’s election provides a potent symbol of the America to come: a diverse nation that blends technological innovation with “traditional values and social tolerance.” While other nations’ populations age, birthrates decrease and powers fade, the United States will remain young and vital. Many countries are crowded, but America still has “the world’s largest, most productive expanse of arable land” to feed and house its new citizens.

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