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. fact

    white girl +minority=minority
    white girl get a white boy and fulfill the earth
    leave minority alone

    April 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ...now here is the biggest loser on this post with a very telling opinion. Although simplistic in it's inbred explination it is a perfect example of why this is important to some people. His daughter came home with an ethnic, his son likes Beyonce ect. Aryan Nations Poster Child.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rational50

    There's a huge reality check missing in this article I believe. If a white woman and a Hispanic man have a child, the child is considered Hispanic. So all the mentions of "white women having babies" is a moot point – white women can have Hispanic children! White men can father Hispanic children (I know, because I did)! This is true because of the unfortunate perspective that's common in the US – white is the baseline. The dilution of "pure" races is natural and inevitable – 1000 years from now there won't be white/black/brown/yellow, everyone will be a mixture. And that will be a great thing for the human race.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umbra

      I have news for you... You are about 1000 years late... We are ALREADY all mixed...

      Proud latinos like some jerks on this very forum have most of their genetic code from SPAIN. European country.
      So when they makes families with what considered to be white people (which in reality are Small amount of Northern Europeans, Jews, Eastern Europeans who are mostly crossed with asians, South Europeans who are mostly crossed with Nothern Africans and Arabs etc etc etc) – their kids are more European that EACH of their parents. EACH.
      Have a good night.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marty

    Does that mean caucasians can now take advantage of these BS affirmative action laws?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      They do. More specifically WHITE women.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    David what a crock! all people were meant to interbreed? lol why did he put blacks in one area and whites in another and indians in another and etc.I don't see anything pretty about a mixed person and rather feel sorry for them because they will be hated by both sides of their blood line.call me a racist or whateverbut this country is going to the dogs and we cant stop it.

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

      You're a racist.

      If you paid attention to something other than a mythical book, you would discover that 1) modern mankind comes from a single point of DNA, from AFRICA, 2) "God" didn't put anyone anywhere–people migrated over hundreds of thousands of years and 3) mixed people are NOT the objects of pity and hatred you want to claim they are except maybe in your neighborhood.

      I feel sorry for YOU.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • blackirish

      Oh Larry, as a pretty mixed young woman, I feel bad for you. Obviously you hate yourself and your life. Save this country now and kill yourself 🙂

      April 7, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Global Citizen

      To MostlyAmused

      Great response. Most of these conservative, religious types are racists and ignorant; they cannot see beyond their bible believing in a god that is supposedly tells them to love one another, yet they cannot bring themselves to do so.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Educated Man

    All of this talk about the Native Americans being the original Americans is a farce handed down through out the ages. They came from Mongolia via the Bering Strait 28,000 years ago when Asia and North America were connected by ice masses. Their features and language are Asiatic in origin. They are not endemic to the new world. They, like all of us, are immigrants. And this business of them all being killed off by the white man is also absurd. Most natives killed eachother. They were over 500indian nations within the modern-day USA, all at war. There was no such thing as the native american "community." People need to grow up.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    it's sad that the whites are disappearing. who will the blacks have to sue when we are all gone lol

    April 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....you first. and I think your cable guy show is stupid.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Caribbean Woman

    America was originally the land of Indians... I am sure some of you would remember that... then Europeans came in and took whatever they want and put the American Indian (Native American) on reservations... are mostly from South America where most people look and are from the AmerIndian races... Mayan, Inca, Aztec etc... so when the majority of people who think that whites are in the minority is a bad thing well should remember history...
    Every single race outside of the Native American are immigrants, slave descendants or political refugees and the sad reality is that hardly ever do you hear the Native Americans voice on these issues... sad really....

    April 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. william

    Geez white women need to lay off the abortions!

    April 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nikolas

    Another item to take into consideration here, is that the birth-rates of immigrant families tend to decrease with each successive generation. A couple of reasons for this, typically, is improved education and gradually higher income.

    Think of the immigrants of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. European immigrants I might add. Many had large families by today's standards. 3-5+ children per family (with the children being first generation "Americans" by birth).. Those families, now into the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations, typically have fewer children per family. How many "white" people do you know that have 5+ kids? I don't know any...

    I'm only a 2nd generation American by birth (great grandfather came to USA from Greece in 1912).... he had 5 children (including my grandfather).. my Grandfather had 3 children (my Dad included)... My Dad had two kids...I have three boys (and we're done), my sister has two kids, and she is done... You will find similar data among ALL immigrant groups.. Those who immigrate to the USA, and first generation Americans, typically have the largest number of children that the family lineage will ever see.. and over time, that family's birth rate will decline, most often substantially, by the time you get to the 3rd, 4th and 5th generations...

    April 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      Not to mention, in the time you refer to, the infant mortality rate for the dirt poor was like 50% or more. Large families were common in order to make sure at least one or two kids would live to adulthood and be able to help out with the farm/business/whatever. As their finances improved, there was no longer a need for so many children because the parents could afford better food, health care, etc.

      In these days, the issue is a cut in funding for the programs that help people (especially women) improve their lot in life. If the government thinks birth control is now a bad thing to subsidize for the poor, then don't be surprised when more children pop out and need other assistance.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • MannyHM

      During conversation with my friends, I mention that the reason why immigrants have less children than their parents is because of too much time on TV ! LOL Nobody seems to disagree with me on that. On top of that, factor the time we spend now on the Internet. Our older folks see children as investment in the future. We see our children and think of the expense involved then we conclude that family planning is cheaper.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Caribbean Woman

    America was originally the land of Indians... I am sure some of you would remember that... then Europeans came in and took whatever they want and put the American Indian (Native American) on reservations... Hispanics are mostly from South America where most people look and are from the AmerIndian races... Mayan, Inca, Aztec etc... so when the majority of people who think that whites are in the minority is a bad thing well should remember history...
    Every single race outside of the Native American are immigrants, slave descendants or political refugees and the sad reality is that hardly ever do you hear the Native Americans voice on these issues... sad really....

    April 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MannyHM

      May I correct you. The term "Indian" is a carryover term from Chris Columbus who thought he was in India ! I cringed now when I hear the term Indian when referring to the Native People or Native Americans. I wish the Native People should demand that the Bureau of Indian Affairs be changed to Bureau of Native People Affairs and should refer themselves to Native People or Native Americans. We are more educated now and sophisticated enough to know that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Mr. Singh, and Mr. Patel are not Native Americans.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Human

    This article just proved that US is still a racist country. If not, being a minority or nor should not be an issue. We are all human despite the color of the skin.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So just assuming that white kids can now score 300 points less on SAT's and still get into colleges just like minorities.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Phil

    We might be soon be a minority – but we're still superior. Yeah...I said that. How many mexicans do you hear graduating from MIT, Harvard, Rolla etc? Not many.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Smith

      Phil,
      You sound like you didn't even graduate high school

      April 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      @ Jack Smith

      Actually, I went on for an additional 6 years at Rolla in Electrical Engineering where I received my Masters.

      I found that my work in engineering wasn't paying enough, so when my parents passed years ago, I took a large sum and invested it in real estate. I purchased 35 rental properties over the years and am living the life I want to live, not the least bit worried about where the next meal is going to come from.

      Just because you're racist doesn't automatically make you an idiot. I might not say the right things at times, but I am who I am and I'm happy, so that's all that matters.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skaytn

      Just wait! then what are you gonna do?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      Poor Phil. He has no idea how stupid that sounds. Hey Mr.Superior if you guys are so smart name one development that is soley white excluding genocide.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Baruch

    Stories like this definitely serve to raise the ire of the racists among us who we can see are posting their usual ignorant nonsense about immigration, ignorant comments about various cultures, and narcissistic nonsense. Grow up people. I know the tea party has been training you to blame people of color for your woes, just like the nazis told the germans to blame the jews and catholics and gypsies. It's really time to wake up to the fact that we are all in this together.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. White man who sees the light

    Stupid white people. For years you have been distancing yourselves from blacks, fearing that you would get something on you, mean while you took your eye off the real threat – the influx of hispanics is the the minority you should be worried about. Blacks have no other country, its America or bust. You should have courted them instead of threatening them. On ther other hand, these latinos have divided loyaties at best and do not share the american values. In addition, stupid white people, while you were aborting 1.3 million babies a year – thanks liberal white women. The latin man was giving birth 3 kids per family. Your destruction in america is your own fault.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skaytn

      OOOOOh, look out, White Man! There's an Hispanic around the corner!!!! so the Latino is the new Black? Who are you going to waste your life hating next?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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