United States predictions for 2040

Read 24 predictions about the United States in 2040, a year that will see this country experience significant change in its politics, economics, technology, culture, and environment. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

International relations predictions for the United States in 2040

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Politics predictions for the United States in 2040

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Government predictions for the United States in 2040

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Economy predictions for the United States in 2040

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Technology predictions for the United States in 2040

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Culture predictions for the United States in 2040

Culture related predictions to impact the United States in 2040 include:

  • Islam is now the second-largest religion in the US. Likelihood: 60%1
  • 70 percent of Americans will now live in 15 states as more and more people leave rural communities/states and concentrate/move into major population centers. This also means that the minority who remain in rural America will gain disproportionate voting powers since they retain the ability to vote in 70 senators. Likelihood: 80%1

Defense predictions for in 2040

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Infrastructure predictions for the United States in 2040

Infrastructure related predictions to impact the United States in 2040 include:

  • California’s entire fleet of public transit buses are now fully electric. Likelihood: 80%1
  • Between 2040 to 2043, several US states begin the construction of massive sea walls to defend their coastal cities against rising sea levels. The costs of these sea walls nationally will rise to over $400 billion. Likelihood: 70%1
  • Coal use in the US has officially ended, replaced largely by natural gas and renewables. Likelihood: 70%1

Environment predictions for the United States in 2040

Environment related predictions to impact the United States in 2040 include:

  • The US plastics industry reaches its goal of diverting 100 percent of its packaging waste by switching to more recyclable materials and using new technologies that melt plastics back into their original chemical components. Likelihood: 60%1

Science predictions for the United States in 2040

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Health predictions for the United States in 2040

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January 7, 2022. Last updated January 7, 2020.

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