What do you think the current US population would have been right now without one or both of the World Wars?

Futurist

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May 2014
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What do you think the current US population would have been right now without one or both of the World Wars? In real life, the World Wars helped shape 20th century US population growth by increasing the push for immigration restrictions after the end of World War I (the movement in favor of this was already there even before WWI, but WWI gave it a lot of additional steam) and also by helping to pave the way for a 20-25 year-long baby boom after the end of World War II. The World Wars--especially World War II--also helped pave the way for more tolerant US attitudes in regards to things such as race relations, diversity, multiculturalism, and immigration. Thus, I'm wondering what US population growth trends during the 20th and early 21st centuries would have looked like in a scenario without one or both of the World Wars.

Anyway, what are your own thoughts on this?

BTW, it's quite interesting that US population projections from 1930 projected the US to have a population of about 185 million in 2000 whereas the actual US population figure for 2000 was almost 100 million greater than that due to the effects of both the post-WWII baby boom in the US and the post-1965 wave of immigration to the US:

 

Futurist

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May 2014
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About the same. The World Wars losses to the U.S. were relatively low all things considered.
But would we have closed and subsequently reopened our doors to immigrants as soon as we did in real life had it not been for the World Wars? Also, what about the post-WWII US baby boom? Does it still occur without World War II?
 
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But would we have closed and subsequently reopened our doors to immigrants as soon as we did in real life had it not been for the World Wars? Also, what about the post-WWII US baby boom? Does it still occur without World War II?
Probably

1) No World War One and World War Two does not mean "no major wars involving the U.S. in the 20th century".
2) Baby boom was as much a product of the Great Depression as it was World War Two.
 
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