Tuesday, 19 August 2008

USA: White children now almost a minority

Cheerful news from the Washington Post. Citing most recent US Census Bureau statistics which show that officially non-white children now make up 44% of the population. In fact the reality is that it's probably closer to 50%, given the millions of illegal Hispanics who would not have been counted.

"Minorities, about one-third of the U.S. population, are expected to become a majority by 2042 and be 54 percent of U.S. residents by 2050. The shift will happen sooner among children, 44 percent of whom are minority. By 2023, more than half are expected to be minority, and by 2050, the proportion will be 62 percent.

The largest share of children, 39 percent, is projected to be Hispanic, followed by non-Hispanic whites (38 percent), African Americans (11 percent) and Asians (6 percent).

The number of people who identify themselves as being from two or more races is also expected to grow, more than tripling to 16.2 million, or 4 percent of the population.

By contrast, the non-Hispanic, single-race white population is expected to grow by less than 2 percent, reducing its share of the overall population from 66 to 46 percent. That group is projected to decline in the 2030s and 2040s, as more members die than are born in or move to the United States."

Well, we're in for a similar treat in Europe.

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