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. yn

    The only non-inmigrants in the United States are the Native Americans. It is very ignorant to think that white equals american.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cammy

    Some racist, ignorant people are already paranoid. Thanks for the selatious headline CNN.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessi

    I recently finished a U.S. Govt class and it said the fastest growing nationality is hispanics of non spanish origin. And Whites, for the first time ever, were the slowest to reproduce. I think that's mainly because of all the illegal immigration and because people are less ignornant now a days and look past skin color and marry outside of their own nationality. To me it's a good thing for everyone to mix we are all equal in my opion.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dick Hertz

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/apr/most-illegal-immigrant-families-collect-welfare

    April 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. americana

    CAN YOU REALLY SEND A FATHER OR MOTHER WHO JUST WANT A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILY BACK TO A COUNTRY THAT IS OVERUN BY DRUG CARTELS AND VIOLENCE ? MEXICO IS AT WAR WITH THE DRUG CARTEL .. THE CITIZENS CAN'T EVEN TRUST THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THEM !!! LET THESE PEOPLE IDENTIFY THEMSELVES , GET A BACKGROUND CHECK AND IF ALL CLEAR, LET THEM PAY A FINE AND GET IN LINE TO OBTAIN A DRIVERS LICENSE AND INSURANCE AND LIVE LEGALLY . DON'T GIVE ANY PERSON THAT IS ABLE TO WORK ANY GOVERNMENT HAND OUT .. WHITE , BLACK , HISPANIC , ASIAN . THE FINES THEY PAY WILL BOOST THE ECONOMY . AND I ALREADY KNOW SOME HISPANICS THAT PAY TAXES FROM THEIR CHECKS BUT NEVER SEE A PENNY IN RETURN .

    April 10, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. MC

    A few points I'd like to make:
    – First off, no group appears to be having "so many" kids: whites have 1.9, Hispanics, 3, on average; and the birth rate around the world, especially in "middle income" countries like Mexico, is declining rapidly to look more like the US or Europe;
    – Second, "Hispanic" includes so many people, of so many ethnicities, origins, classes, education level, income and yes, linguistic background. A second or third generation "Hispanic" is unlikely to even speak Spanish! Again, lets not stereotype.
    – Third, I do think illegal immigration (combined with ongoing abuses of people working in a "grey market" who are lured here but denied legal status) is an issue, and we'd better get to offering quality education to everyone, white, brown, purple, whatever, if we want to remain a great country.

    April 11, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jamie

    People should ask themselves what this figure means. If everyone is given equal opportunity, it's just an interesting statistic. However, the suburbs and affluent urban areas are still primarily (not exclusively) white. It doesn't matter who "outnumbers" who if one group still has access to better schools and other opportunities. People of every race and ethnicity have to do whatever it takes to educate themselves. Education is power. Without it, the same people stay in charge, doing the same thing.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. RM

    Start waving that "minority" card...everyone else has!

    April 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      yeah, like white women do

      May 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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    viagra maximum dose

    April 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stephanie Palmer

    Face facts people. My father always said "It's a wise man who knows his own father." I think he borrowed that from Mark Twain. Race, schmace, what difference does it make? It only makes a difference if you're really unsure of yourself.

    April 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HoosierDaddy

    Ha, all Americans are just as drunk and dumb as everyone else. Americans are hipocritical, fat, pill-popping sociopaths that think that what they say is right. They think that once they are gone, this land will go too. Not the case my fat friends. Americans are the reason why this country is failing, trust me this started many many years ago. Its just that the Americans think they know EVERYTHING going on but the truth is you barely know 1%. So Americans blame everyone else for their problems, when all they have to do is look in the mirror. I am American and I'm not going anywhere and there's nothing you can do about it. Brown people are coming into this country and there's nothing you can do about it. No amount of trash talkin on internet blogs is gonna save you. Pack up and leave like you did when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. No one live in Antarctica. All white people please report to Antarctica!!! Trust me no other race will ever bother you again.

    April 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. blahfoo

    Possible fate of US...
    1) Darkening of America continues as minorities have disproportionate number of children.
    2) Welfare programs, Social Security, health care are bankrupt by the sheer numbers.
    3) Foreign workers, e.g. high-tech Asians and Indians, cease coming to US due to opportunities in their respective countries.
    4) Education is overwhelmed and continues to slide.
    5) Crime and unemployment reach epic proportions
    6) The elite and rich begin to abandon US and emigrate to foreign countries.
    7) US becomes essentially a modernized "third-world" country.

    This is the nightmare scenario, but its distinctly possible.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

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      April 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      or life in the US could finally be more fair and balanced and a lot less about race and hate.

      May 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. arlo

    Interesting give and take. Perhaps we should remember everyone being talked about are, for the most part, all children of the God of Abraham. And also seem to be the ones screaming the loudest!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    At this rate, time is on the side of illegal immigrants. Hispanic children will someday vote into office politicians who will grant their parents U.S. citizenship. Just a thought...

    April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. zo

    Who cares!!!! We are all American!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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