September 2, 2008

THE HOUSING BOOM HASN'T EVEN STARTED YET:

How Many Americans? (Steven A. Camarota, September 2, 2008, Washington Post)

When the Census Bureau released its new population projections last month, most of the media focused on the country's changing racial composition. But this was almost certainly not the most important finding. The projections show that the U.S. population will grow by 135 million in just 42 years -- a 44 percent increase. [...]

An increase of 135 million people by 2050 is equivalent to the entire populations of Mexico and Canada moving here. Assuming the same ratio of population to infrastructure that exists today, the United States would need to build and pay for 36,000 schools. We would need to develop enough land to accommodate 52 million new housing units, along with places for the people who lived in them to shop and work. We would also have to construct enough roads to handle 106 million more vehicles.

Of course, our country can "fit" more people.


And the immigrants we import to build those 52 million homes are all going to need places to live and schools to send their kids to and once amnesty passes and with other nations dying the rate of immigration will surely increase. The virtuous cycle that's made America great will only accelerate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 2, 2008 7:03 AM
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