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Title: Metropolitan Population: Prospect And Change, 1960-1980
Author(s): Fellmann, Jerome D.
Subject(s): Libraries and metropolitan areas
Abstract: I have been asked to discuss some aspects of the changing character of the metropolitan population as projected to 1980. This is a tough assignment, and for reasons that I will detail later I am going to try to avoid it at all costs. Perhaps we can begin to see the dimensions of the problem of metropolitan population characteristics in 1980 by looking at the national context. We are much confronted with references to a "population explosion" both in the United States and, of course, in the world at large. I suggest that through the nearly two hundred years of this country's history a similar pattern of explosive growth could be noted. At our first census in 1790, we registered about four million inhabitants; for 1980 fifteen years hence we will probably have a population of about 244 million persons. In all but two decades of the history of this country, each decennial increase in population has exceeded the increase registered in the previous ten years. For this country, explosive growth is not new. Looking at the present situation and glancing ahead, for the nation as a whole the first half of the 1960's showed a smaller increase than the last half of the 1950's. But in the 1970's, population growth is expected to reach levels which exceed any that we have so far experienced. Between 1970 and 1975 we will probably add some 17 million persons; between 1975 and 1980 we will grow by an additional 19 million persons.
Issue Date: 1965
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In H.Goldstein, ed. 1965. The changing environment for library services in the metropolitan area; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 31-November 3, 1965. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 1-8.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (12th : 1965)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1517
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1965.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-16
 

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