The Future of the United States

The Social and Technological Forces Reshaping the Country

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Frost & Sullivan's research service on The Future of the United States offers a comprehensive analysis of the Mega Trends that will impact American citizens and businesses through 2025. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts highlight the imminent challenges and opportunities for growth stemming from the following trends:Social, Higher education, Politics, Industry, Health, wellness and wellbeing, Urbanization, Infrastructure, Mobility, Energy, Security and defense, Economics, Connectivity, Smart is the new greenThe study also offers strategic recommendations and predictions backed by relevant facts and statistics.

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Executive SummaryIn 2025, the United States Will be a Land of QuantificationA Network Culture Will Shape American LivesWork in the United States Will be Smarter and More Human-centricCollaboration Will Define Both Professional and Personal LivesCompetition in the United States Will be ReconfiguredTop US Disruptors through 2025Macro-to-micro Analysis of Key Mega TrendsMacro-to-micro Analysis of Key Mega Trends (continued)Research Methodology and Key DefinitionsResearch Methodology—From Macro-to-microResearch Methodology—From Macro-to-micro (continued)List of DefinitionsList of Definitions (continued)List of Acronyms and AbbreviationsList of Acronyms and Abbreviations (continued)Social TrendsSocial Trends—Key FindingsNorth America’s 2025 Population Will be Smaller Than Other Regions’As Millennials Rise, so Will Their InfluenceMillennials Display Common CharacteristicsThe US Racial Composition Will be More DiverseThe US Hispanic Culture is EvolvingThe US Immigrant Population Will GrowThe She-conomy Will StrengthenAging Americans Will Form an Important DemographicAging Americans Will be Unlike Their Previous CounterpartsThe Working-age Support Burden Will be GreaterJob Automation Threatens Parts of the Working PopulationAmerican Incomes Will Continue to PolarizeWith Income Polarization Comes Drivers and Opportunities“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Higher Education TrendsHigher Education Trends—Key FindingsCollege Attendance Will IncreaseDemand for College-educated Americans Will Continue to GrowHigher Education Costs Will Continue to RiseStudent Debt Burden is WorseningDoes the US Government Profit from Student Loans?Student Debt Has Negative, Lifelong RepercussionsTechnology Evolves Learning MethodsHigher Education Reveals Widening Racial GapsProjected Increase in STEM-related Jobs“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Political TrendsPolitical Trends—Key FindingseGovernance and mGovernance Increase EfficiencyeGovernance and mGovernance Increase Efficiency (continued)Population Density Drives Innovative Mobility Strategies in US CitiesThe Effect of Social Media on Presidential ElectionsThe Balance of the US Supreme Court Hinges on 2016 and 2020Key Business Issues Will be on the Court’s DocketPersistent Polarization in Congress May Weaken Its RoleState and Local Government Influence is IncreasingThe Hispanic Vote Will be More Important but Less Cohesive“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Future US Industry TrendsFuture US Industry Trends—Key FindingsFuture US Industries to Experience GrowthFuture US Industries Will Grow with Technology AdoptionRetail—Consumption and Technology Patterns Alter the Status QuoRetail—Bricks-and-Clicks Retailing Influences ShoppersManufacturing—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 IntensifyFinance—Industry Shifts Put the Customer First Healthcare—Huge Forces Drive Industry ChangesHealthcare—Opportunities Arise in a New Landscape Technology—Game Changers are Born in the United StatesTechnologies Will Continue Disrupting Industries “Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing TrendsHealth, Wellness, and Wellbeing Trends—Key FindingsChronic Health Problems Weigh Down the US Healthcare SystemHealthcare Becomes Decentralized Technology is in Place for Home Healthcare SolutionsThe “Quantified Self” Emerges from Future Healthcare ApplicationsThe Workplace Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle Prevention-focused Wellness Programs Could Offset Insurance CostsThe Dietary Supplement Market GrowsWhat’s the Buzz on Marijuana?Widespread Marijuana Legalization Could Impact Big Pharma“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Urbanization TrendsUrbanization Trends—Key FindingsThe City Will be 2025’s Most Connected CustomerPopulation Density Will Rise while Trends ExpandTwo Mega Regions Will Dominate the East and West CoastsMega Regions are Not Necessarily the Fastest GrowingWhat Makes a Metro Area Business Friendly?Urban Core Population Will Continue to SwellSuburban Rings Will Continue to House Most AmericansSmart Will Become the Technological NormSan Francisco Leads the Smart City RaceGrowing GDP and Spend Are Turning Cities into CustomersBoston’s SCOPE Project Embodies the Connected City“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Infrastructure TrendsInfrastructure Trends—Key FindingsPipeline Infrastructure Investments Will GrowUtility Infrastructure Investments Will DoubleNew Highways Indicate Pockets of Economic DevelopmentWaterways, Locks, and Ports Require Immediate FundingUS New High-speed Rail (HSR) DevelopmentNew Freight Rail Development Offers Cheaper TransportHot Topic—Water in Fracking to Continue Making Headlines“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Mobility TrendsMobility Trends—Key FindingsDiverse Forces Are Shifting the Mobility LandscapePopulation Density Drives Innovative Mobility Strategies in US CitiesMobility Options Will Increase for Every JourneyIntercity Bus Mobility May Outpace High-speed RailThe Suburban Commute Will be SmarterAlternative Fuel Vehicles Will See Continued GrowthIntra-city Public Transit Will Have More OptionsConflicting Policies Limit Public Transit AdoptionRide Sharing and eHailing Will Yield to Autonomous TaxisCar Sharing Offers Alternatives to Ownership for Urban Residents Emerging Micro-mobility Solutions Will Not Go Far in the United StatesFederal Support for Non-motorized Transport Will Increase“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Energy TrendsEnergy Trends—Key FindingsThe US Energy Outlook is Highly Vulnerable to DisruptionsElectricity Generation Will be More Natural Gas ReliantThe US Will Continue Being a Dominant Participant in O&G ProductionNatural Gas Production Depends on Favorable RegulationThe Era of Coal’s Dominance Will Come to an EndStrengthening Renewables Requires More Holistic AssessmentsNuclear Energy Will Post Less Growth in the United StatesEnergy Harvesting Holds Great Promise for Cheap EnergySolving Energy Storage is Key to Growth in RenewablesDistributed Generation is Going SmartGreenhouse Gas Emissions Likely to Grow“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Security and Defense TrendsSecurity and Defense Trends—Key FindingsThe Threats to Security and Safety are ChangingCybersecurity Will Experience Widespread DemandCybersecurity Will Adapt to a Changing Landscape Crime Rates Continue to FallIncreasing Natural Disasters Require Preparation and CollaborationSafe Cities Will EmergeSafe Cities Rely on Advancing TechnologiesNational Defense Will Focus on Non-traditional ActorsNational Defense Spending Will Focus on Technology“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Economic TrendsEconomic Trends—Key FindingsProjections for US Global Economic Standing Are MixedGovernment, Consumers, Business, and Exports Comprise the EconomyThe CBO Projects Deficit Spending through 2025Social Programs Dominate Federal Government SpendEducation Holds the Bulk of State Government SpendConsumer Pressures May Threaten the Country’s Economic BackboneConsumer Sentiment is Rising; Expenditure is GrowingBusiness Spend Favors Predictability Indicators Point to a Recovering but Precarious EconomyUS Exports Show No Sign of Overtaking ImportsTwo Key Economic Influencers are Interest Rates and Trade Deals“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Connectivity TrendsConnectivity Trends—Key Findings The Internet of Things Will Become PervasiveThe Internet of Things is Creating Growth OpportunitiesNew Technologies Are Emerging in the IoTThe Race for 5G Will Create a New Standard for ConnectivityEfforts to Close the Digital Divide Will Increase in Importance New Methods of Internet Access Will be TestedNet Neutrality Ruling is Likely to be RevisitedPublic Perceptions of Privacy are MixedPrivacy Concerns with Big Data May Drive Self-regulation“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Smart is the New GreenSmart is the New Green—Key FindingsSmart is ConnectedSmart is Embedded within Most DevicesSmart Converses“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions The Last WordThe Last Word—3 Big PredictionsLegal DisclaimerAppendixFull List of Slide TitlesFull List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)

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