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2012 National Population Projections

The Population Projections Program produces projections of the United States resident population by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. The 2012 National Projections are based on the July 1, 2011 population estimates, which are based on the 2010 Census, and provide projections of the population for July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2060. The projections were produced using a cohort-component method and are based on assumptions about future births, deaths, and net international migration. The Census Bureau releases new national projections periodically.

The 2012 National Projections include a main series and three alternative series. These four projections series provide results for differing assumptions of net international migration. The main series, referred to as the Middle series, was released in December 2012. The alternative series, released in May 2013, were based on assumptions of low, high, and constant levels of net international migration. All other methodology and assumptions, including fertility and mortality, are the same as those used in the Middle series. The three alternative series are useful for analyzing potential outcomes of different levels of net international migration.

2012 National Population Projections 
  • Press Releases
  • Methodology and Assumptions [PDF - 588k]  This document presents the methodology and assumptions used to produce the 2012 National Population Projections.
  • Summary Tables These tables present the results of the population projections for the years 2015 to 2060 in summary form by various characteristics to facilitate access to the data. Files are available in both Excel (.xls) and comma-separated value (.csv) formats.
  • Downloadable Files These files provide results of the population projections for 2012 to 2060 and are designed for people interested in obtaining detailed data of the population projections for analytical purposes. The population projections and components of population change by single year of age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin are available in Excel (.xls) and comma-separated value (.csv) formats.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Population Projections |  Last Revised: 2013-05-15T09:13:16.894-04:00