Long-term demographic changes in the US

Most people would have seen the recent news reports about the US Census Bureau data showing that say that as of July 1, 2011, the number of non-Hispanic white children under age one in the US dropped to below 50% for the first time.

Part of the reason for the increase in minority births is that the minority groups tend to be younger and thus are more likely to be in the childbearing age. According to the Pew Research Center, “Non-Hispanic whites have the oldest median age, 42.3, in 2011, according to the population estimates. Hispanics have the youngest, 27.6. Non-Hispanic blacks (32.9) and non-Hispanic Asians (35.9) also are younger than whites.”

Currently, minorities constitute 36.6% of the population. Hispanics are the fastest growing, with Asians the second fastest. Pew’s own projection models say that non-Hispanic whites will become less than 50% in the year 2050, while the US Census Bureau says this will happen in 2042.


  1. thewhollynone says

    I don’t give a hoot about what color their skins are. What I care about is the level of their IQ scores when they hit kindergarten and their SAT or ACT scores when they graduate from high school.

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