The development of the age category teenager has been influential in American society but recent data suggests the percent of Americans who are teenagers has never been lower:
Here’s the total number of 13-to-19 year olds over the past 50 years. (The most recent data from the Census Bureau is an estimate from 2013.)
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in different social spheres including:
1. Education. Does this mean the closing of schools/colleges and fewer jobs for educators?
2. Marketing. Teenagers wanted to utilize their disposable income and brands wanted to hook them as consumers for life. But, with fewer teenagers, brands will really have to make sure they reach enough teenagers.
3. Suburbs. These areas have been devoted to children for decades while also not knowing what to do with teenagers who often wanted to escape the relatively dull, often private settings.
4. All sorts of occupations. Are there certain industries that won’t attract enough teenagers?
I could go on. But, I would also note that there may be even fewer teenagers if it hadn’t been for higher birth rates among the tens of millions of immigrants who have made their way to the United States in recent decades.