The world is constantly changing, and one of the ever-shifting changes is the demographics of the United States. In more recent years, the United States population has seen a significant increase in diversity. This trend is only likely to continue.
As society continues to grow and change, it’s important to be aware of diversity trends so that we can better understand and accommodate them. Here are some diversity trends to watch out for in the future.
An increase in LGBT+ visibility and rights
In recent years, the LGBT+ community has felt more seen, heard, and represented than ever before. From marches to protests to petitions, advocates of all orientations are working hard to ensure that everyone has access to the same rights.
Laws have been implemented to protect LGBT+ individuals from workplace discrimination and harassment. Most recently, a bill was signed by President Biden to protect same-sex marriage.
Additionally, there are now options for people to change their gender markers on their birth certificates. The government can also issue gender-neutral passports for people who do not identify as male or female.
An Increase in Multiracial Families
The U.S. has seen an increase in multiracial families in recent years. According to Pew Research, since miscegenation laws were overturned in 1967, intermarriage has steadily climbed. By 2015, nearly 17 percent of newlyweds were intermarried, which was double the amount back in 1980.
Additionally, since 1980 the amount of multiracial or multiethnic babies has nearly tripled. In 2015 it was estimated one-in-seven U.S. infants were multiracial or multiethnic.
A positive impact of multiracial families is they help to foster tolerance among people living in close proximity who otherwise may be quite different from one another. Multiracial families can also encourage acceptance of new cultures, religions, cuisine, and ideas.
A Growing Hispanic Population
The Hispanic population is a vibrant and growing segment of the U.S., accounting for nearly 19 percent of the population. This number has been steadily increasing since 2000, when Hispanics made up 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.
From 2010 to 2021, Hispanics have been one of the major drivers of growth in the U.S. population, accounting for 52 percent of the increase. This increase was a greater share than any other ethnic or racial group.
As the Hispanic population increases, they can be expected to have far more influence in areas such as politics, business, and culture. It will be far more likely to see Hispanic representation in the boardroom, governmental offices, and in significant media roles.
More Older Americans Staying in the Workforce
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report showing that more older Americans are staying in the workforce than ever before. From 2020 to 2030, the percentage of people 75 years and older in the labor force is expected to grow by 96.5 percent.
This trend may be attributed to several reasons, such as the fact that cost-of-living expenses have increased steadily in recent years, making it necessary for many elderly individuals to continue working in order to maintain an adequate standard of living. Another is the increasing life expectancy, which allows individuals to remain healthy and active for longer periods of time.
With more older Americans staying in the workforce, many companies will have to accommodate their needs. This could be offering more flexible hours and job roles, more health benefits for older workers, or even better age discrimination policies.
More calls for diversity initiatives
In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for organizations to invest in diversity initiatives. This pressure is coming both externally and internally, for many businesses, schools, and other institutions are taking steps to create a more inclusive and diverse environment.
These initiatives often include creating diversity councils, increasing recruitment of minority candidates, providing training on bias awareness and sensitivity, and ensuring equitable opportunities for all employees or students, regardless of race.
Organizations that invest in these initiatives could foster better relationships with their local communities, create a more accepting and understanding environment, and even improve their bottom line. While there are still many barriers to achieving an equitable work environment, these initiatives serve as a powerful step toward dismantling those obstacles and fostering positive change.
As the United States continues to evolve, so too will the population and its needs. Organizations need to be aware of these changes and stay abreast of any new trends that will impact their operations. By doing so, they can ensure that they are creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.