America's demography in the new century will be affected by two major players. One is the baby-boom generation - 76 million strong - that is poised to enter "seniorhood" in the next decade. Just as in their youth and middle age, boomers soon will be transforming elderly consumption patterns, social mores and national politics in fundamental ways. The second major player will be the "new immigrants."
In response to changes in the nation's immigration law and global economic forces, immigration to the United States has accelerated dramatically during the last decade, especially from Latin America and Asia. This new racial and ethnic diversity will exert a profound effect on the nation's economy in the decades to come.