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The Future of the United States

The Future of the United States

Over the next 10 years, social and technological forces are going to reshape the way Americans work and live. How we travel, perform our jobs, run our homes, invest our money, and plan for the future will all be influenced by increasing dependence upon connected devices and access to immediate information. Spurred by the presidential election of 2016, which will play a critical role in the nation’s progress, Frost & Sullivan offers this comprehensive analysis of the many Mega Trends that will affect American citizens and business through 2025. Topics range from automation and the potential obsolescence of jobs to the rise of Smart Cities and the dynamic social shifts brought on by the millennial and aging populations.


  • Introduction
  • Special Thanks
  • Executive Summary
    • In 2025, the United States Will be a Land of Quantification
    • A Network Culture Will Shape American Lives
    • Work in the United States Will be Smarter and More Human-centric
    • Collaboration Will Define Both Professional and Personal Lives
    • Competition in the United States Will be Reconfigured
    • Top US Disruptors through 2025
    • Macro-to-micro Analysis of Key Mega Trends
  • Research Methodology and Key Definitions
    • Research Methodology-From Macro-to-micro
    • List of Definitions
    • List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Social Trends
    • Social Trends-Key Findings
    • North America's 2025 Population Will be Smaller Than Other Regions'
    • As Millennials Rise, so Will Their Influence
    • Millennials Display Common Characteristics
    • The US Racial Composition Will be More Diverse
    • The US Hispanic Culture is Evolving
    • The US Immigrant Population Will Grow
    • The She-conomy Will Strengthen
    • Aging Americans Will Form an Important Demographic
    • Aging Americans Will be Unlike Their Previous Counterparts
    • The Working-age Support Burden Will be Greater
    • Job Automation Threatens Parts of the Working Population
    • American Incomes Will Continue to Polarize
    • With Income Polarization Comes Drivers and Opportunities
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Higher Education Trends
    • Higher Education Trends-Key Findings
    • College Attendance Will Increase
    • Demand for College-educated Americans Will Continue to Grow
    • Higher Education Costs Will Continue to Rise
    • Student Debt Burden is Worsening
    • Does the US Government Profit from Student Loans?
    • Student Debt Has Negative, Lifelong Repercussions
    • Technology Evolves Learning Methods
    • Higher Education Reveals Widening Racial Gaps
    • Projected Increase in STEM-related Jobs
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Political Trends
    • Political Trends-Key Findings
    • eGovernance and mGovernance Increase Efficiency
    • Population Density Drives Innovative Mobility Strategies in US Cities
    • The Balance of the US Supreme Court Hinges on 2016
    • Key Business Issues Will be on the Court's Docket
    • Persistent Polarization in Congress May Weaken Its Role
    • State and Local Government Influence is Increasing
    • The Hispanic Vote Will be More Important but Less Cohesive
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Future US Industry Trends
    • Future US Industry Trends-Key Findings
    • Future US Industries to Experience Growth
    • Future US Industries Will Grow with Technology Adoption
    • Retail-Consumption and Technology Patterns Alter the Status Quo
    • Retail-Bricks-and-Clicks Retailing Influences Shoppers
    • Manufacturing-Key Industry Subsectors Grow Quickly
    • Manufacturing-Trends Drive Transformational Shifts
    • Construction-US Energy Drives Growth
    • Construction-Industry Shifts and Trends Drive Innovation
    • Finance-Competition from China Will Intensify
    • Finance-Industry Shifts Put the Customer First
    • Healthcare-Huge Forces Drive Industry Changes
    • Healthcare-Opportunities Arise in a New Landscape
    • Technology-Game Changers are Born in the United States
    • Technologies Will Continue Disrupting Industries
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing Trends
    • Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing Trends-Key Findings
    • Chronic Health Problems Weigh Down the US Healthcare System
    • Healthcare Becomes Decentralized
    • Technology is in Place for Home Healthcare Solutions
    • The "Quantified Self" Emerges from Future Healthcare Applications
    • The Workplace Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle
    • Prevention-focused Wellness Programs Could Offset Insurance Costs
    • The Dietary Supplement Market Grows
    • What's the Buzz on Marijuana?
    • Widespread Marijuana Legalization Could Impact Big Pharma
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Urbanization Trends
    • Urbanization Trends-Key Findings
    • The City Will be 2025's Most Connected Customer
    • Population Density Will Rise while Trends Expand
    • Two Mega Regions Will Dominate the East and West Coasts
    • Mega Regions are Not Necessarily the Fastest Growing
    • What Makes a Metro Area Business Friendly?
    • Urban Core Population Will Continue to Swell
    • Suburban Rings Will Continue to House Most Americans
    • Smart Will Become the Technological Norm
    • San Francisco Leads the Smart City Race
    • Growing GDP and Spend Are Turning Cities into Customers
    • Boston's SCOPE Project Embodies the Connected City
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Infrastructure Trends
    • Infrastructure Trends-Key Findings
    • Pipeline Infrastructure Investments Will Grow
    • Utility Infrastructure Investments Will Double
    • New Highways Indicate Pockets of Economic Development
    • Waterways, Locks, and Ports Require Immediate Funding
    • US New High-speed Rail (HSR) Development
      • Table US HSR Network Compared to Other Regions, 2015
    • New Freight Rail Development Offers Cheaper Transport
    • Hot Topic-Water in Fracking to Continue Making Headlines
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Mobility Trends
    • Mobility Trends-Key Findings
    • Diverse Forces Are Shifting the Mobility Landscape
    • Population Density Drives Innovative Mobility Strategies in US Cities
    • Mobility Options Will Increase for Every Journey
    • Intercity Bus Mobility May Outpace High-speed Rail
    • The Suburban Commute Will be Smarter
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicles Will See Continued Growth
    • Intra-city Public Transit Will Have More Options
    • Conflicting Policies Limit Public Transit Adoption
    • Ride Sharing and eHailing Will Yield to Autonomous Taxis
    • Car Sharing Offers Alternatives to Ownership for Urban Residents
    • Emerging Micro-mobility Solutions Will Not Go Far in the United States
    • Federal Support for Non-motorized Transport Will Increase
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Energy Trends
    • Energy Trends-Key Findings
    • The US Energy Outlook is Highly Vulnerable to Disruptions
    • Electricity Generation Will be More Natural Gas Reliant
    • The US Will Continue Being a Dominant Participant in O&G Production
    • Natural Gas Production Depends on Favorable Regulation
    • The Era of Coal's Dominance Will Come to an End
    • Strengthening Renewables Requires More Holistic Assessments
    • Nuclear Energy Will Post Less Growth in the United States
    • Energy Harvesting Holds Great Promise for Cheap Energy
    • Solving Energy Storage is Key to Growth in Renewables
    • Distributed Generation is Going Smart
    • Climate Change Could Pose Real Threats to the Economy
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Security and Defense Trends
    • Security and Defense Trends-Key Findings
    • The Threats to Security and Safety are Changing
    • Cybersecurity Will Experience Widespread Demand
    • Cybersecurity Will Adapt to a Changing Landscape
    • Crime Rates Continue to Fall
    • Increasing Natural Disasters Require Preparation and Collaboration
    • Safe Cities Will Emerge
    • Safe Cities Rely on Advancing Technologies
    • National Defense Will Focus on Non-traditional Actors
    • National Defense Spending Will Focus on Technology
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Economic Trends
    • Economic Trends-Key Findings
    • Projections for US Global Economic Standing Are Mixed
    • Government, Consumers, Business, and Exports Comprise the Economy
    • The CBO Projects Deficit Spending through 2025
    • Social Programs Dominate Federal Government Spend
    • Education Holds the Bulk of State Government Spend
    • Consumer Pressures May Threaten the Country's Economic Backbone
    • Consumer Sentiment is Rising; Expenditure is Growing
    • Business Spend Favors Predictability
    • Indicators Point to a Recovering but Precarious Economy
    • US Exports Show No Sign of Overtaking Imports
    • Two Key Economic Influencers are Interest Rates and Trade Deals
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Connectivity Trends
    • Connectivity Trends-Key Findings
    • The Internet of Things Will Become Pervasive
    • The Internet of Things is Creating Growth Opportunities
    • New Technologies Are Emerging in the IoT
    • The Race for 5G Will Create a New Standard for Connectivity
    • Efforts to Close the Digital Divide Will Increase in Importance
    • New Methods of Internet Access Will be Tested
    • Net Neutrality is Likely Here to Stay
    • Public Perceptions of Privacy are Mixed
    • Privacy Concerns with Big Data May Drive Self-regulation
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • Smart is the New Green
    • Smart is the New Green-Key Findings
    • Smart is Connected
    • Smart is Embedded within Most Devices
    • Smart Converses
    • "Macro-to-micro"-Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions

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