Demography

Future foretold: A new America in 2040

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Here is how fast America is changing: By the time today’s teenagers hit their 30s, there will be — for the first time ever — more minorities than whites, more old people than children, and more people practicing Islam than Judaism. 

The big picture: The slow demographic shifts we've watched over decades will finally reach a tipping point in the 2040s. They'll transform what America looks like, where we live and what we fear.

Map: The most distressed communities in America

America's economy is booming, with stocks setting new records and unemployment hitting its lowest monthly marks since 2000. But the spoils have not been evenly distributed.

The bottom line: The line between financial success and stagnation can often be drawn on a map.