Stephan's Gallery of Demo-graphs
- WORLD POPULATION -- This is the Big Picture,
the context within which everything else must take place.
Not a pretty picture.
- "The increase of population is the most revolutionary phenomenon of
- Ortega y Gasset
- "Earth's population has been like a long, thin powder fuse that burns
slowly and haltingly until it finally reaches the charge and
- Kingsley Davis
- WHEN AND WHERE -- This is the
fastest growing decade in the history of the world, and it's happening in
regions where economic growth and the status of women show little hope for
rational control. Nothing of this ever appears on the nightly TV news.
- FERTILITY ROLLERCOASTER -- Here is the
fundamental fact society must deal with continuously: absorption of new
births into each subsequent phase of the life cycle. Displace this chart
by twenty years and you have crime-prone and college-bound populations;
push it thirty years ahead and you have have the housing market; push it
much further and ... can McDonald's be converted to black arches?
- YOUNG FOLKS' BURDEN? -- A dramatic rise in the
ratio of older to younger Americans should hit just just as today's
college students enter what should be their peak earning years. I haven't
heard Clinton or Gingrich, Oprah or Ricki, Jennings or Rather discuss this.
- PRISON POPULATION -- Have we gone nuts
in this country? We want to put still more in prison? Is prison going to
be our new version of public housing?
- DEATH EXPECTANCY -- This is like Life
Expectancy, but it's easier to visualize (I think). Anyway, this compares
death expectancies for US males and females, whites and non-whites, from
1900 through 1990. The main results:
I would think the replacement of social inequality by biological
inequality would get more attention from sociologists, but they don't
seem to be aware of it yet.
- infant mortality has been drastically reduced over this time.
- there hasn't been much change in old-age life expectancy
- what was clearly a racial difference in 1900 (whites outlive
has become a gender difference (females outlive
- SEX -- So it got your attention. Well,
these are maps showing the "sex ratios" (males per 100 females) for each
of the 48 continguous states from 1790 to now. Interesting to watch the
civilizing  of the continent, i.e., the womanizing of the
frontier. Note: the sex ratio is very sensitive to the age of a population
-- young populations are male, older ones are female.