Monday, May 28, 2012

Minorities: A New Majority - US Census

According to the National Journal, minorities are the new majority! Well, our babies are anyway. In the official 2011 Census for America, minorities make-up 50.4% of all children born in the States.

The places with the highest minority ratios:

  1. Hawaii (77%)
  2. D.C. (65%)
  3. California (60%)
  4. New Mexico (59.8%)
  5. Texas (55%)
Hispanics were the largest group, followed closely by African-Americans. However, Asians were the second-fastest growing group. 

It is estimated that by 2042, minorities will become the real majority. Total minorities still come in at 37% of the population. So why, if we have more babies, will it take so long?

The answer is simple: Young people are more diverse, but there aren't as many young people being born as there are older people. We have more adults (who are less diverse) living past 65, and less young people having so many kids. (It is unclear whether this relates to drops in teen pregnancies, access to birth control, education, and healthcare, or a natural choice because of the declining economy.)

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