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. David

    Does this mean in the future we will need a white version of affirmative action? Or will whites in the minority still be blamed for all racial issues and concerns?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sunny Day

    These articles seem to be popping up more and more about whites becomming minority. What is missing from these articles is the one fact they are conveniently leaving out: It's not true. What the census is doing is employing a statistical distortion when counting whites and hispanics. Let me explain. There are nearly 50 million hispanics in this nation, but 55-65% of those 50 million are racially white. These are people with the same fearues as someone from germany, but their tone is more european in nature (ie: Cameroz Diaz, Glori Estefan, Anthony Garcia, etc.). Even though the census counts them in a different category, their race is still classified as white. When they say that whites will be minority in 2050, they are referring to those Americans whose bloodlines are 100% European. But, the "white" race, when combined "white" and "hispanic white" will account for nearly 85% of the population in 2050. Additionally, by the second generation, nearly 1/3 of hispanics marry whites. Their children will be racially white. The percentage jumps to 50% by the third generation. Hope this clears up confusion. The census is very clear about this. For some reason, CNN seems to be on a kick lately about implying that "whites are going to dosappear off the face of the earth." For more information, read article from Boston Globe called, "Myth of the White Minority," it will explain this. Hope this helps. And by the way, the racist whites and hispancs on this board need to get a life. By in large, whites and hispanics assimilate at high rates in this nation. My wife is 1/2 mexican and 1/2 german. And she is gorgeous!!

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

      Great post! informative, and factual!

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

      sunny day, you have the most educated post on here. thank you for the information. in fact, you are right. i just checked the census website and it said for year 2050 projection: 52.7% non-hispanic white,33.3% hispanic, TOTAL white population: 85.7%. This also includes whites of mixed non hispanic white/hispanic unions. The census also states that Mexicans will make up less of the hispanic population by mid-end centuy due to falling birth rates among mexican women causing increased hispanic immigration from south america where hispanics are usually white. The author of the article you cite is named Jeff Jacoby. He is with the Boston Globe. Article: "The Myth of the White Minority."

      April 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      Well i say 35% of Hispanics are white, 50% brown, 22 % black, and about 3% Asians. about 57% of Hispanics are women.
      I don't know how many Muslims or gays there are, but they all are welcome in my world. The only thing that will never be is a racist.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bones to Spock: Another deleted scene from Star Trek

    Whatta about Mel??? Gibson! We need more men like him when the chips are down!...WHAAAAT?...went back to Australia?!?!?! Damn! Damn! Damn!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edvhou812

    I guess this means that my kids and grandkids will get their butts kissed for being a minority.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....no it means they'll be butt heads like you only they'll know why.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aby

    Why do people refer themselves as "whites". It seems most people are either color blind or too ignorant to say the least. There is no scientific human race division that classifies human beings based on the color of their skin. If you try to do that, you will end up with more colors than the degrees of a thermometer. And by the way, history has it that AMERICA was built by all people's of the earth. From Europe, Africa, Asia and the Oceania. Let no ignoramus lay claim to others doing more than the rest. And by the way, if you are proud of inventions, please mention the atomic bomb, because that is what will eventually destroy the planet and do you know who invented it??????????? Ok.
    There are no "whites" or "blacks" because in every " white man" is a black demon. So also in every "black man" is an " angel". Which ever of the two you activate is what people will see and that is all that matters. And from my experience, all races have activated either of the two. i leave you to do percentages, numbers and all the rest to prove me wrong. That is your homework.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mrs. M.

    Apparently, the writer is too stupid to grasp the fact that what he defines as "lower fertility" is actually responsible planned parenting.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Malakas

    WHO CARES?! We're all human beings, and experience the same hopes, desires, fears, ups, downs, etc.!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. F Daniel Gray

    In 1968 Paul Ehrlich's book, "The Population Bomb," became a "best seller."Many of the critics called it racist. A large proportion of the posts here are indeed racist, and are founded, directly and indirectly on his notions. The typical European ethnic group (there is no such thing as race, i.e., three, as denoted by them in the 15th century) has always been a numerical minority on the continent. They made up for that by becoming "powerful," politically, economically, and militarily. Very much like the Aztecs in Mexico, who were a "minority," but ruled through political astuteness. It is the Western Europeans and their descendants who have sowed the seeds of their demise by creating artificial barriers, i.e., "race." A similar conundrum confronted the dominant English speaking Canadians, facing the 'white" and catholic, French speaking population. The latter, having gained numerical and political power, have demanded recognition, and got it, through parliamentary fiat, i.e., bi-lingualism. A strong possibility exists that a similar initiative will occur in the US. The argument will be, "you had your turn, fair is fair, we're next.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. What?

    The article is very misleading as it separates non hispanic whites from hispanic whites when their is no difference in their race. Go to uscensus.gov. The 2010 census is very clear about this. By 2050: The TOTAL white population of the USA will be upwards of 80%.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jonboy

    Wait a minute. There's a bunch of white people on here saying that racism isn't a problem in America, but they're terrified of being the minority because they know they will be discriminated against? If you're not a racist, then why do you need superiority in numbers over minorities? Also, what are they quantifying as white? Are they using a paint swatch from the home d epot? (space intentional for spam bots). I guarantee you, that if you dig back far enough, even you neo-nazis are going to find a great great great uncle Rahkim or auntie Eagle Feather. Grow up and get a clue that there is no such thing as a "pure" race, you fools.-Signed, a supposedly "white" guy.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maria B.

    zI cannot wait for the day when whites will become the minority. America will become a better country. We have had white people rule America for far too long. They killed off the Indians and made African Americans slaves. Look at how white people treat Muslims. Latinos are loving and compassionate people. We will not treat the whites the way they treated every race and ethnicity. It is time for Latinos to take over America and fix the problems the white men left behind.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Latinos are so loving and compassionate....Tell me again how many murders and beheading are happening south of the border???? Was it Mexico or USA that urged its people to not cross the border because of the violence???

      April 7, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |

      Caring and compassionate huh ??? You are spewing the same hate you speak of the "white" people doing !

      April 7, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      If the Latinos are so much better than white people (or should we be called European-Americans?), then why are they leaving Mexico, Central America, and South America in droves for the USA?

      Personally, I welcome immigrants (in particular, legal ones), have Latino friends, and do not harbor any ill will against them as a people/race. You, Maria, are acting like a racist bigot, and I feel fortunate that I do not know you, and that I don't assume that every Latino is the same as you the way you assume all white people are racist and somehow ruining this country.

      By the way, Hitler may have been white, but the Rwandan genocide and Darfur genocide was committed by blacks, and Central and South America have had their fair share of brutal Latino dictators. Not every atrocity in the history of mankind was committed by white folks. Why don't you grow up and accept diversity like so many other true Americans have done.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Maria B,
      You complain about "white people" being racist, yet in every single comment you have posted; you have been the racist. I would bet that you walk around shouting hispanic pride everywhere you go, which in turn is racism in its finest. Do I agree you should be proud of who you are? Yes I do, but not at the expense of anyone elses race or heritage. I am an American male prior to having an Irish-German heritage. Grow up Maria, you are no better then what you think is a stereotypical racist. Here is the definition of a racism from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

      "Racism: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."

      I will say it again; YOU HAVE YET TO POST A NON-RACIST COMMENT! This leads me to believe you are ignorant and should probably do some self study prior to posting your bs. America has been defined time and time again that everyone (regardless of race) can/should help change our country. We all come from different backgrounds and it helps our country stive to be the best. Your comments on America being a better place without "white people" is nothing shy of ridiculous. Do not forget that your hispanic heritage started from Spain. I assume you don't realize that Spain is a "white" country. I know this because I have been to almost every European country. We as Americans can all sit down and tie our heritage to some sort of European country, where they are mostly caucasians. I also am under the impression you have never been to the central portions of Mexico and further south. If you did, you would realize that the people that live there are caucasian, "white people" to you.

      You really need to look more into your own culture before bashing another. You know nothing of your deep and rich heritage. Have a good day and I hope you think long and hard about yourself and your racist actions.

      A True American!

      April 7, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria The racist

      maria B.: Your children will marry whites. Your grandchildren will be white. Your head is going to explode.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      White people need to learn their place. You feed me or make me laugh other than that I don’t want to know what you think.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jist

      They do. At the top of the food chain.

      April 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Minotauro

    Ha llegado el momento de aprender Español porque la raza esta aqui para permanecer. No nos vamos a ir. Sigan comiendo tacos y chalupas que nosotros seguimos haciendo lo que mejor sabemos hacer. Ya somos una fuerza política con mucha fuerza de decisión. Como les parece?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cassie

    I certainly hope the minority white children are given the same type of preferential treatment the used to be minorities received when applying to college and other programs.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kel

      Well, if you're one of the top students in your class, it won't matter. Most colleges will take you. No excuses.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      white women get plenty of special privileges already, including math and science scholarships, in addition to all the social affirmative action (free meals, drinks, vacations, diamonds). and you guys don't even suffer at all growing up. at least most minorities grow up in the hood.

      May 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick Post

    I live in New Mexico. People on the east coast seem to think that the Mexican immigration is just like their great grand parents coming from Ireland and Austria. It is not. The new immigration is largely from a single place, is right across an immediate border, and is accompanied by the belief that this land is rightfully theirs. We have never had that before and it is not like the old melting pot.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. angel

    Why is it that the media has to be so biased. Where was this reporter when the same was true about blacks being outnumbered everywhere. What is the reason for this report now, is it to keep racism alive? Who cares who is the minority or who is the majority, we're all humans and we should all share this land in peace and harmony. Nothing in life stay the same.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      you say you want peace and harmony but then you take a cheap shot a blacks, what a hypocrite!

      May 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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