Back in 2013, National Geographic published a set of pics that aimed to capture what the average American would look like in 2050. Based on Census Bureau data that showed a rise in Americans checking more than one race on their identity cards, it was deduced that the future would be in interracial relationships and children. The photos of what our future generations may very well look like are beautiful.
In fact, the white race is on track for a steady decline over the next 30+ years. Pew Research noted that, "In 1960, the population of the United States was 85% white; by 2060, it will be only 43% white." Whites have enjoyed an inequitable majority in this country since its founding. But that will change.
As we can see from this graph, the populations of other races are on the rise. Immigrants are the driving force behind the makeover. They're contributing to society, culture, and the workforce in new and much-needed ways, building families and re-energizing communities. America is a nation made of immigrants: it's our history, and our future.
This is the age pyramid developed by the Pew Center. As you can see, there are almost as many people 85 and older as there are under 5. That's because of lower mortality rates and lower birth rates. It's great for gray hairs who've managed to sign second leases on life, but it poses serious questions and quandaries for economists and politicians — like, what do we do with this retired workforce?
With 1 in 10 Americans soon to be severely obese by 2030, it isn't hard to imagine that, if the epidemic isn't stemmed, the numbers to get worse. Not only does obesity change how Americans will look, it can tax them with a whole manner of health risks like heart disease, diabetes, and more. So what will the average American look like in 2050? Costly.
It's predicted that globally, air pollution could kill more than 6.6 million people A YEAR by 2050. It already kills around 3.3 million people a year in Asia, but with the climate changing and air quality worsening that number is likely to grow. And unless extreme interventionist measures are taken, we could be walking around with gas masks on. And we'll look like this guy.
Technological and mechanical prosthetics might soon become a staple of 2050 American life. Not just for amputees, these prosthetics could be added to our bodies to help us accomplish old tasks, or imagine completely new ones. Which means many of us could look like cyborgs in 30 some odd years.
Well, there you have it. The face of America is changing, and it looks like it's going to be beautiful. But there are some other things that aren't so beautiful. Like the rise in morbid obesity. Like air pollution. Like maybe some creepy technology or gene fiddling. Like the fact that there may not be an America in sixty years? Who knows!