FourFourtwo title What is fear?
article FourThirtyEight title 4.7 million people in the US are living in fear article FourFiveThirtyEight – 4.6 million Americans in the U.S. are living with fear.
The National Center for Health Statistics says the number of Americans in fear of the future has jumped to 8.7m from 8.5m a year ago.
A study by the RAND Corporation estimated that the number in fear in the United States has doubled since 2000, rising from 1.1 million in 2000 to 1.8m in 2018.
The number of people living in the fear group was 5.9% of the population in 2016, up from 4.3% in 2000.
The proportion of Americans living in that group rose to 13.5% in 2018 from 9.6% in 2016.
One of the reasons for the increase in the number is the Trump administration’s push to crack down on the illegal immigration of young, educated and affluent people.
People in fear are more likely to be people of colour, older and white, according to a 2016 survey by the National Urban League and Harvard University.
In a survey of 1,500 Americans aged 18-64, just under half said they had “a lot of anxiety”, compared with 48% of people aged 65 and over, according the RAND report.