Census Bureau: Whites Now a Minority of Births

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
05/22/2012
       
Census Bureau: Whites Now a Minority of Births

 With Hispanics now the majority of births in the country, population trends show that whites will be a minority by 2042. Unsurprisingly, states hit hardest by illegal immigration are among those where whites are no longer a majority, the bureau reported: California, Texas, and New Mexico.

 With Hispanics now the majority of births in the country, population trends show that whites will be a minority by 2042. Unsurprisingly, states hit hardest by illegal immigration are among those where whites are no longer a majority, the bureau reported: California, Texas, and New Mexico.

 

More than 50 percent of children in the United States younger than one year old are not categorized as "white," the Census Bureau reported last week, and children younger than five years old are nearly 50 percent of the population.

In five states whites have become a minority (making them "majority-minority states"), according to the bureau.

The figures are in keeping with a trend that suggests whites will no longer be the majority population in 2042, when their numbers will slip below 50 percent of the population.

The question, of course, is what the numbers mean for the future of the country.

The Figures

The number of minority babies has increased from 49.5 percent last April to 50.4 percent today, the bureau reported, a minority being “anyone who is not single-race white and not Hispanic.”

The population younger than age 5 was 49.7 percent minority in 2011, up from 49.0 percent in 2010. A population greater than 50 percent minority is considered “majority-minority. ...”

There were 114 million minorities in 2011, or 36.6 percent of the U.S. population. In 2010, it stood at 36.1 percent.

Unsurprisingly, states hit hardest by illegal immigration are among those where whites are no longer a majority, the bureau reported: “There were five majority-minority states or equivalents in 2011: Hawaii (77.1 percent minority), the District of Columbia (64.7 percent), California (60.3 percent), New Mexico (59.8 percent) and Texas (55.2 percent). No other state had a minority population greater than 46.4 percent of the total.”

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