In order to understand the social interactions of any population group, one must know their nationality background. Differences in work customs, educational traditions, recreational interests, neighborhood persistence, religious beliefs, agricultural practices, thrift and frugality, progressive tendencies, and other activities and attitudes can be partially explained by variations in nationality background. During recent years the following significant changes have occurred in the composition and distribution of population in Douglas county: the total population has declined; the proportion in the younger age groups has decreased "; while the proportion in the older age groups has increased; the sex ratio has become more nearly equal; the percentage of foreign born has decreased; the birth rate has been sharply curtailed; and tenancy has increased. Some of these changes have come about as adjustr.1ents to changing social and economic conditions. Because a lag always exists between a changing population pattern and long established social institutional patterns, it is now recognized that some of th0se population changes call for v1idespread social readjustment.
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South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station
Kumlien, W. F.; Sauer, Howard M.; and Scandrette, C., "The Problem of Population Adjustments in Douglas County" (1941). Agricultural Experiment Station Rural Sociology Pamphlets (1940-1977). 62.