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. tFBI

    Don't come to California if your white or black plz unless you really wanna work, asians and hispanic are ruling the economy here. while all your racist and trash tax payer beggers think hispanic people are stealing you material paper plx click on home cnn and see on top of the webpage the word "MEXICO" why cause we leave a lots of money on media. like
    att dsihnetwork dtv comcast amount other big companies we living the area of industrial. no matter what color you are you still a product for the goverment and religion.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. UH60L

    It has nothing to do with any "lack of fertility" in white women. It has to do with lack brith control or self control in hispanic women.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skaytn

      You are ignorant. Mexicans are not without morals, as you would assume because they are different than you. They are Catholic, and although knowing that opens up your opportunity to be ignorant again, they view family life as a blessing. Get educated before you spew your racist, ignorant blather.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D-Rock

    They should make it mandatory that you have to pass a mental evaluation test to give birth in this country and also prove you are financially capable of raising the child above the poverty line without any government assistance. Then if you happen to need government assistance down the road at least the truly less fortunate will get it and we can stop the cycle of poor uneducated giving birth to more poor uneducated giving birth to more poor uneducated.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria B.

      Such a test will hurt white women since there are more white women on welfare than any other race.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Anon

    what the hell is up with CNN and race? You'd think this is a passive aggressive form of reverse racism seeing how CNN is screaming from the rooftops of how whites are not going to be a majority, but only the largest minority in a country of minorities.

    It doesn't friggin matter, American is American.

    Let Whites intermarry with Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, and (oh god I think i'm going to be sick) Gingers (puke). Yes yes We know the older generations have lived with racism and majorities and feel themselves superior / inferior blah blah blah. American is American, all I'm seeing is that the population growth of Americans is rising among Americans. take your race (what a false concept) tripe elsewhere.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anon

    Maria thank you for putting Whites down through extreme generalization and false attribution. You are a shining example that hypocrisy is not limited by ethnicity.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |

      Amen ! I was so angry that this bird brain was even on here spewing as much hate as she was !

      April 7, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. 1st languae spanish


    Have kids, don't have kids - Do what you want, what ever ethnicity group you're in. Don't hate the large families, don't hate the white/hispanic/black driving the nice car that he earned. Just live, you only get one chance – don't waste your energy in something that you have no control over.

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

      Overbreeding can be controlled. It Has to be. I'm not going to paint on a smile when the last green space is turned into a subdivision or the last whale is yanked from the sea and put on a plate -all to accommodate someone who 'wanted a big family' -but didn't want to adopt any orphans to accomplish that. Vanity (MY DNA), gluttony, and pride (I have SEVENTEEN grandchildren. (Bragging about breeding??) -made the short list of Deadly Sins for a reason.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. JustinFromNJ


    You are a sick and twisted individual; I feel sorry for you that you have the evil and malevolent thoughts you have about others which you have displayed here.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vence

    Ahem, ahem I am interested in that proposal.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheRebel

    @ Maria B. are you serious. Do you think people do not have eyes? Name one Hispanic run country that is doing good. If these hispanic countries were so great than why are so many risking life and limb to get to the United States? Are you really that foolish?

    April 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Loren

    Maria B. You are so ignorant........ There have been MANY other genocides, Hitler isn't the only psycho who killed tons of people for race. Oh yeah, it would definitely be better if whites were the minority (sarcasm). The majority of people in our prisons, on wellfare, or using other public funds because they are needy are minorities such as african americans and hispanics. These aren't some made up statements. They're facts. Look into it for yourself. Oh yeah, I'm white but my granny was 100% Cherokee Indian. My family was in the trail of tears and they were also slaves. I'm so sick of people who want to pull this ancestrial race card. There are plenty of white people who's families went through similar hardships. I live in a heavily African American populated community and am discriminated against almost everyday. But it is what it is. Im still kind and courteous with a smile on my face. As soon as my husbands job puts him in a different location, we are out of here!

    April 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loren

      *due too race.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • white GIRL

      jews are not a "race" you idiot they are a nationality! here is some of my tax money go get an education

      April 7, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Skaytn

      Jewish people are actually a religion and a culture, not a nationality. Not only Jewish people live in Israel, and there are way more Jewish people who live outside of Israel. It's okay.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro

      Loren, you sound like a hypocrite. You are calling Maria a racist. But you openly dislike African-Americans. People like you are a discredit to your race. African Americans have done nothing to you. Yet you feel like somehow you are a victim. Shame on you.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Not Surprised

    I'm not surprised by this. I work in a medical office, and we see a lot of kids. The caucasian parents bring in 1 or 2 children, and typically use their insurance they pay for. The hispanic parents (who often have difficulty with English and have their children translating) bring in 4-5 kids and are typically on public aid.

    While it is certainly not always the case, it is, as I said, the norm. For those parents who aren't recieving medical assistance, food stamps, housing and daycare, they can only afford 1-2 kids (myself included). For those living off a taxes, what's one more mouth for someone else to help feed?

    I don't care if someone is pink, purple, or green. But I think that since we have affirmative action and businesses required to report ethnicity upon hiring to the government to ensure no discrimination within ethnicity, there should be no reason everyone can't equally work to provide for their own family. We live paycheck to paycheck, but we make it work, and we don't drain government money to do so.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      You forgot to mention that the kids are american born citizens, and they have the same rights as you.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. InterestedReader

    Maria B – If you feel this way, then why don't you live in a country that is not dominated by white people? For example, Mexico. It seems that you would be much happier...

    April 7, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • masscurt

      Mexico IS dominated by the 10% white population, and Mexican corruption is necessary for this white minority to maintain power. Have you watched any Univsion/Telemundo or other Latin-American TV? No dark-skinned people in any starring roles.

      May 12, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eric (San Antonio)

    Don't have children if you can't afford them on your own. Responsibility and education is void in this country, and yes I've been researching other countries to move to.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • texas2618

      might as well start calling USA the new Mexico – seriously.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. AJ in WV

    This makes me PROUD to be doing my part!

    As a mother of 5 beautiful, well mannered, and intelligent WHITE children, I know I am a now a minority (both in terms of race and family size).

    Racist? Absolutely not. Just proud. The white race is a beautiful and intelligent race who has a rich history and is responsible for many of the good things society has today. It is just a shame that so many fall under the spell cast by media and Hollywood only to abandon their own legitimate pride and heritage because it is "trendy" to do so or for fear of being considered a racist by people who are racist themselves.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • AJ in WV

      Oh and I should also mention that I have never required a dime of public assistance to raise my own. Not every large family relies on handouts.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Skaytn

      You are SUCH a racist by conveniently not recognizing that white people have also been the root of terrible destruction and invasion, starting with the Crusades and everything in between, down to actually rationalizing that African enslavement was justified. My point is, no group is immune to the human condition of greed, arrogance and ethnocentrism, so to defend yourself based on your skin color is ludicrous, to say nothing of arrogant and ignorant.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    When will reverse racism stop? We have a black president. Whites are in the minority. The idea of equal opportunity as it is currently understood is out-dated.

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