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In colonial times, four of every ten persons in what is now the United States were under fifteen years of age, or forty percent of the population.

This was true, despite the high infant mortality of the times. People also did not live as long as they do today. The average life expectancy in the United States in 1900 (over a century after what we would consider colonial times) was 47 years. Today it is more than 76 years. Today, the percentage of persons under fifteen in this country is down to twenty-seven. We have fewer youngsters, by comparison, and more older persons.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 05/23/06
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