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. hockeymom

    Gee, "Nelson", that's exactly how I feel about most black people! We can agree on something...boy, what a GREAT feeling when there is a meeting of the minds!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    thats cuz Shakeefla gets a bigga check the mo kids she got

    April 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    Shoots, whites have been in a minority here in Hawaii for decades....

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

    kick the culture of death out of the bedrooms...it's patriotic and it's empowers the defense of America and boardens the talents of American society...so have plenty babies...they're a blessing 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. agneau

    There was once a conductor. He conducted an orchestra made up of violins, flutes, drums, etc. With this combination of instruments he was able to make beautiful music. Sometimes he would have a few more flutes, sometimes an extra drummer, maybe he would loose a drummer. I didn't matter because no one instrument overpowered the song being played. After a while there started to be a trend. More and more people wanted to play the flute while fewer and fewer wanted to play the violin. What ended up happening was that the music that was played by this orchestra became less and less dynamic.

    Far be it from me to discourage responsible adults from having children – whatever racial and ethnic background they might have. In my opinion it would be nice if "white people" started having more children. In spite of past errors they have made a worth-while contribution to society. It would be a shame if their (or any other people's) flame was snuffed out.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth

      As a classical musician who is also a defender of social justice, your analogy sickens me.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Beth, how can that sicken you? Does your social justice also remove your brain? Liberal white guilt. You are a joke.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:46 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. we all know how whites are. Specially the hillybillies, and extremely religious whites.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    The south will rise again!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imani

      Dude...No, just no. The past Was the past and he present is a gift from GOD. Now why are us HUMANS(notice I didn't say a certain race, because I'm not a racist) spending our valuable life on such nonsense? Black people,Latino,Asians,Whites.I truly don't understand why they call black people "Colored" If we are all a certain color. I don't understand why they say Asians are strict and smart, Latinos are workers, Whites are stuck up,snobby,rich,and are racist, and Black people are GHETTO and are criminals. People we have so many more things to talk about than this. This is wrong!! Africa has nothing to do with this article. And yes MICHEAL, this is all coming from a 14 year old black resident born and raised Virginian. U MADD?? Don't think so. 🙂
      Have a BLESSED day. -Imani<3

      April 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      .....right through the stratosphere and on into outer space.........far,far,far away. Can't wait.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dogmom

    another way to look at this is which races are driven more by morals & ethics at NOT HAVING so many kids due to global over-population, shrinking water rights, school overload, medical overloaded by those w/o insurance & on & on –
    to have a race have a kid a year or every other year JUST to increase their voting rights in 20 years is deplorable!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sad

    As the white population sees an economy failing they choose to be smart and not have as many children, but as long as we give money to those who dont care about the country they take advantage of there will always be more mouths to increase the monthly check... I have no dislike for anyone for reasons of race, I HATE loosers that wait for my tax dollars every month... I say cut all welfare and lets see who has children then...

    April 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogmom

      hey sad...said very well!!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bones to Spock: Another deleted scene from Star Trek

      Sad you're sad because you have no charity(love) or compassion in your heart. If you examine yourself I'm sure you are equally uncharitable to those close to you as well. The poor will be with us until the end of time...those are the words of Jesus...to love the neighbor as you love yourself is not a suggestion it is one of the two greatest commands by which you shall be judge.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:58 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. We all know their little dirty secrets

      April 7, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. TOM

    TO NELSON: You are the racist! ! ! ! ! Trailers go for $85,000 and up!!!!!! Go back to your TENT! ! ! ! !

    April 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pauline

    Many Latinos are, in fact, caucasians.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      That's true about 35% of Latinos are white. about 50 % are brown. about 22 Latinos are women. I don't know how many Muslims or Gays,but they all are welcome in my world. the only person will never be is a racist.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bones to Spock: deleted scene from Star Trek

    Damn! Damn! Damn! y'all had every tax break and incentative...how could you let this happen...Jim, didn't I tell you to leave 'dem aliens alone!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ronald Raygun

    there goes the neighborhood...

    April 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      Hear Ye! Hear Ye! It time ye white women to discard the birth control pills and raise thou legs above the headboards! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      April 7, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. tODD

    I live in Texas where the illegals from mexico make up 80% + of our city just since the last census.You can not drive down the road without hitting one.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Now whites can line up for freebies as the minority and the hispanics are no longer the minority! Now they will support the whites! Fair enough!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frangible

    This isn't terribly surprising, and has more to do with economics than anything. The more industrialized and wealthy, the lower the birth rate.

    If you wanted to achieve immigration parity by race, you could simply increase the relative proportion of Eastern European and Russian immigrants, who are caucasian and will have a higher birth rate due to lower socioeconomic standing.

    Ironically, the people most upset by this are also the ones pushing for the removal of birth control, education, etc from all federal assistance to lower-income families. If you increase the availability of health care, preventative measures, and education, some of the birth rate disparity resulting from economic differences will be mitigated.

    This article is actually incorrect in stating Hispanics are a race. Hispanic is an ethnicity; the possible races are caucasian (of European Spanish descent), Native American (Central/South), or more often a mixture of the two. The Spanish language doesn't come from Mexico, it's the language of the conquistadors from Spain.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astrogal79

      Thank you for the first educated post I've seen on here yet

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