White children in the minority in 10 states
April 6th, 2011
07:24 PM ET

White children in the minority in 10 states

White children are now in the minority among people under 18 in 10 U.S. states and 35 large metro areas, according to a Brookings analysis of 2010 Census data.

The number of white children in metro areas including Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona, fell below that of other children in the last decade as the population of white children nationwide declined by 4.3 million, the report said.

The decline occurred as the number of children identified as "new minorities" - Hispanics, Asians and other racial groups apart from whites, blacks and American Indians - grew by 5.5 million, the report said.

Hispanics registered an increase of 4.8 million, which kept the nation's overall child population from declining, the report said. The findings reflect changes in the racial makeup of the overall U.S. population with Hispanics becoming the nation's largest and fastest growing minority group.

Hispanics now comprise 23% of children, up from 12% in 1990, while whites now comprise just 53% of youth, down from nearly 70%  in 1990.

The findings also underscore projections that the country will become "white minority" by 2042 as the race's median age keeps increasing. The child population stands to hit that mark in 2023.

"Slower growth among whites owes in part to their lower fertility rate - about 1.9 births per white woman, compared with 3.0 births per Hispanic woman - as well as a relatively low contribution to population growth from immigration" the report stated.

From 2000 to 2009, only 15% of growth in the immigrant population was attributable to whites, compared with 78% for Hispanics, Asians and other new minorities.

The report also said the aging white population contributes to a lower growth rate because proportionately, fewer white women are in their child-bearing years.

"The median age of whites is 41, compared to 27 for Hispanics, 35 for Asians, and a staggering 20 for the population of more than one race. As a further reflection of these age differences by race and ethnicity, just one-fifth of U.S. whites are under age 18, compared with one-third of all Hispanics."

The study also found that the decline in white children reduced the growth rate of the overall child population, from 13.7% in the 1990s to 2.6% in the 2000s. Though variation from state to state in child growth was considerable, on the whole, 46 states registered declines in their white child populations.

Not surprisingly, most of the states that experienced growth in populations of minority children are the ones where white children are in the minority: California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi and Maryland.

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  1. Neal

    I would bet 10-to-1 that in 20 years the young Hispanic population will vote to eliminate social security so they don't have to pay into a system that supports old white people.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      You dont have to wait, th elibs are ready to do it now by allowing illegals to participate in something they never contributed to.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Angela

    And yet young white men and women are discriminated against for certain scholarships and even entrance to certain colleges.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....and many minorities knew better than to even apply before. The opprotunities to attend college in this country are myriad. Where were you when the opprotunity to make this a non-racial issue before the Gov't. had to impose the right for EQUAL CONSIDERATION under the law. The problem I have with some whites on this issue is they have no idea how ingrained racism made this all possible in the first place. Now you know how it feels to be EXCLUDED because of your SKIN color, if anything you should be looking to include ALL instead of just your white children.

      April 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Todd

    Government Genocide in action on whites. You people need to stop voting for democrats and republicans. Get a new government

    April 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charity

    I don't know why, but I'm always surprised at peoples' ignorance...

    April 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tim

    Not enough WHITE women having babies. Too many white women having abortions. Time for the white women to have more babies!!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueK

      I think the Duggar family is taking care of that. Haha!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      I am not sure the number of incests among whites is higher than any other race. Maybe clandestine abortion is too. Specially with the hillybillies, and extremely religious whites. Like Mormons or evangelicals.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Natalie

    How does beauty correlate to intelligence?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hockeymom

    Boy, Renee, you really are a RACIST, BIGOTED piece of trash, aren't you? By the way, this is a PROUD, WHITE, MARRIED, EMPLOYED, TAXPAYING, WOMAN (and MOM) who is responding!!! 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    Most likely a hispanic reporter print this report. He is proud

    April 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuck Steak

    Oh Joy!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mmmmm

    "Bob" I have told ya coffe cup leaning back in the office chair holding ya back with ya head in da hands lazy
    a-zzz about being lazy on the job and now t'find out you a--zzz ain't taking care of business at home. Tell wife Susie t'hell with the migraine it's
    hammer time honey and we haven't been keeping up with the Jones's!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FunkDaddy

    I always judge a woman's intelligence by her beauty. Then again I am single so maybe there is a correlation there.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Susan

    So, can affirmative action stop now, please? Can the white kid with the better academic performance please get the college spot he deserves even if there is a kid of color who would come in a close second?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth

      You truly do not understand the policy of affirmative action nor the reasons for it. Go educate yourself and just TRY for some compassion. White kids in this country are disproportionately more wealthy than kids of color, they get many more privileges. Try looking into the concept of white privilege to educate yourself.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kesh

      Wow, I have been an African American honor student all my life and this is the same assumption people always make. I was better academically than my peers and they always resorted to this when I was recognized or accepted. Affirmative action is for women, seniors, racial minorities for government funding. It's not for schools and facts have shown the group that has benefited most are females. Even more specific, white females. Believe me there are not too many bonuses to being black in America. People underestimate you, underpay you, and expect you to be ghetto with 5 "baby dads". I have to be twice as good as the next to be as good and never earn the respect or recognition I should.

      I'd trade you any day.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      Beth- Many (not all) whites actually earned their wealth by working to be smarter
      Kesh gets it but is one of the few.

      The bottom line is that preferencial treatment of anyone is bad

      April 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • An Illegal brown immigrant with 20 kids who that has taken your job and sent my kids to college for free at your expense

      When you are ready for a woman to not have a competing chance at a University due to numerous slots given to a white males as a result of legacy which was inherited from a time when the University did not admit females to its halls, then Affirmative Action can stop.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pat

    what is the big deal?

    White, black, brown...all are human beings..why we have not talked about all the other important things in life.

    One could say, brown people are in minority in all the states or the red indians (who once owned USA), are in minority in all the states for last 200 yrs.

    I think we should just stop counting the color and the race..if we want to be one people.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben

    The real truth is the American government is harvesting Mexico #1 asset... There Youth. Just like the American government is harvesting so many other country of there resources like oil etc...

    April 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. citizen

    Time to move back to Europe.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • blanco

      Europe is being taken over by people from the middle east....maybe whites should head to canada

      April 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Maria, And you should move to a cesspool. It is brown and smelly like you. Do you enjoy insults? You sure sling a lot.You are the real reason for racial hostility. You are as bad as any Klansman you bigoted dunce.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Take Eric with you... and toss him out half way there.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
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