|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.
|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
|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