Characteristics of a consolidating industry
Although most Americans can claim some European descent, people of Hispanic origin are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States.
Between 19, the number of people claiming Hispanic descent grew from 23 million to 32 million.
The number of newspapers in the United States has continued to shrink, even as the country has experienced substantial growth in population, affluence, and literacy.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the country's population was slowly aging, as a result of the post-World War II "baby boom," and older Americans have tended to be more frequent newspaper readers than younger persons.
The press in the United States evolved through a long history of freedom and openness, and it operated at the beginning of the twenty-first century within one of the richest and most powerful societies in the world.
Press freedom was a crucial factor in the formation of the American republic, and strict protections for the press were added to the United States Constitution just two years after it was ratified.
The population of the United States grew steadily at a rate of about one percent per year from 1990 to 2000.
The United States includes people who claim nearly every ethnic origin in the world.
Tabloid newspapers have never been particularly popular in the United States, and most Americans tend to think of "tabloids" in terms of the supermarket alien-abduction genre of papers.
European travelers observed the appetite for newspapers among ordinary American citizens and thought it a distinctive characteristic of the early Republic.
Notably, Alexis de Tocqueville devoted large sections of his Democracy in America (1857) to his amazement at the amount of information from newspapers available to a common rural farmer.
Despite the growing population and affluence of the United States, many newspapers continue to suffer from declining or stagnant circulation.
In 2000, daily newspaper circulation reached a low of 0.20 newspapers per capita, down from 0.30 in 1970.