Minority Births Surpassed White Births in 2011By Julie Kent.
For the first time in U.S. history, racial minorities now represent more than half of the children born, according to new census data. African-Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities made up 50.4 percent of U.S. births in the year ending July 2011, and accounted for 2.02 million births, which is up from 37 percent in 1990.
During the year-long period, there were 1.99 million white births, 1.05 million Hispanic births, 0.61 million black births, 0.19 million Asian births, 0.07 million Native American births, 0.01 Pacific Islander births, and 0.25 million births classified as "two or more races."
Roderick Harrison, former head of racial statistics at the Census Bureau, said:
“This is an important landmark. This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.”Birth rates have been on the decline for both whites and minorities since 2008, however, the trend has been more pronounced among whites. The birth rate for whites fell 11.4 percent over the past few years, compared to just a 3.2 percent drop for minorities.
According to the 2010 census, there are now 114.1 million minorities in the U.S., which is 36.6 percent of the total population. In addition, four states - California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Texas - now have populations in which minorities comprise a majority of the population.
Source: The Cleveland Leader