For the first time in U.S. history, minority babies outnumbered white newborns. According to Bloomberg, the percentage of minority children younger than a year old rose to 50.4 % between April 2010 and July 2011, whereas the percentage of non-Hispanic white babies fell to 49.6%.
You probably remember an article I posted a while ago about the NAHREP Hispanic Homeownership Report, this Bloomberg article reinforces the fact that the demographics of the U.S. are changing fast.
This trend has grown so much that the government plans to revise its Census projections for 2040. Back in 2009, the Census Bureau estimated that non-Hispanic whites will become a minority after the 2040 Census, but looking at the numbers now, these projections may become a reality sooner than we thought.
Another interesting fact is that Hispanic growth is driven by native births rather than immigration, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. In fact, they reported the net migration from Mexico has stopped, and may be reversing.
While this trend seems to be moving at an accelerated pace, the U.S. has proven its ability to accept a changing demographic. According to Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer for the Pew Hispanic Center, “If you go back 100 years, groups that are now considered part of the majority white population were perceived as minorities…Over time, we’ll change the way we perceive these categories.”
Pretty interesting stuff, right?
Check out the full article here.