The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1980–2060

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See also: States of Change: The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1974–2060 by Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey, and Robert Griffin

The States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project is a collaboration supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation that brings together the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, and demographer William H. Frey of the Brookings Institution. The project’s goals are:

  • To document and analyze the challenges to democracy posed by the rapid demographic evolution from the 1970s to 2060
  • To project the race-ethnic composition of every state to 2060, which has not been done for 20 years
  • To promote a wide-ranging and bipartisan discussion of America’s demographic future and what it portends for the nation’s political parties and policy

This interactive allows users to access detailed project data on the nation or on any individual state. Data may be seen for race, age, and generation over the entire 1980–2060 time period, as well as for education and marital status from 1980 to 2014. In addition, for any characteristic, users can look at trends for the entire population, the voting-age population, and eligible voters for the entire period and trends for registered voters and actual voters from 1980 to 2014.

Data are based on the Bureau of the Census’ November Current Population Survey data and on the authors’ States of Change population projections.


Robert Griffin is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for American Progress. William H. Frey is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Ruy Teixeira is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress.