Demographics of the U.S: Trends and Projections by Cheryl Russell

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TRENDS AND PROJECTIONS 5 Most Would Work If Rich For most Americans, work is an important part of their identity. Even if they had enough money to live comfortably for the rest of their lives, 66 percent of workers would continue going to the office every day. This figure grew slightly from the 63 percent of 1974. People in nearly every demographic segment are more likely to say they would continue to work even if they didn’t need the money. But people with bachelor’s and graduate-level degrees are much less likely to say they would continue to work if rich.

The Catholic share has remained stable at 25 percent, while the Jewish proportion has fallen from 3 to 2 percent. People of “other” religion have grown from 1 to 6 percent as immigrants from Asia and the Middle East enter the United States. The share of Americans who say they have no religious preference has doubled from 7 to 14 percent during the past quarter century. One in five young adults claims to have no religious preference. Thirty percent of people aged 18 or older attend religious services at least weekly, down from 36 percent in 1974.

The share of those who think a working mother can have just as good a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work rose from a 48 percent minority in 1977 to the 61 percent majority in 2000. 10 Marital Happiness, 1974 to 2000 “Taking all things together, how would you describe your marriage? ” (percent of people aged 18 or older who say their marriage is very happy, and percentage point change, 1974 to 2000) 2000 1990 1980 1974 percentage pointchange 1974–00 Total 62% 65% 68% 69% –7 Men 64 69 70 69 –5 Women 61 61 66 68 –7 Black 55 50 57 60 –5 White 64 66 69 70 –6 Aged 18 to 29 61 79 68 69 –8 Aged 30 to 39 60 63 66 67 –7 Aged 40 to 49 61 57 61 65 –4 Aged 50 to 59 64 61 67 77 –13 Aged 60 to 69 64 68 75 64 0 Aged 70 or older 66 66 75 74 –8 Not a high school graduate 57 61 67 66 –9 High school graduate 60 64 67 69 –9 Bachelor’s degree 70 71 71 74 –4 Graduate degree 76 67 79 77 –1 Note: Asked of people who were married at the time of the survey.

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