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. guaranteed

    Good...All those old white men running congress not doing any good and they creep me out...the sooner they are gone from power the better. I'm a white guy and not afraid of people with darker skin than me.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftroy01

      You my friend have more issues than whether congress has white folks in it. You need some help because obviously you are not happy with who or what you are. You need a mental evalution to determine why you are so unhappy with your race.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Middle-aged white woman

      Thank You. Well Said.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Middle-aged white woman

      The thank you is directed to "guaranteed" I am not afraid of people who are different than I am, either.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • HSThompson

      That's rayciss!!!!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      What gives you the idea that filling the Congress with non-whites will be any better? Take a look at Africa or Haiti if you want to see the result of black rule. And why do you think Hispanics are coming to America in the first place? Answer: Because they are ESCAPING the nations that are run by....other Hispanics.

      In it's heyday, white America was the freest, funnest and coolest place to live on the planet. Many will appreciate it only when it's completely gone.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      You should be afraid of groups with low average IQ's having increased political power.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      But you honestly see a better future with these 3rd world parasites?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. ftroy01

    Dam" I am glad I will be long dead by the time that 2042 year gets here. If the human race even makes it that far which I dont think it will if you read this blog, MSNBC'S BLOG, and FOXNEWS blog the amount of hate for each other on each of these blogs makes me think we will not make it that long.
    Oh I am truly happy that will not have any more kids I would not have them today. I would either end up dead or in jail one or the too the way things are today

    April 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      You seem out of touch actually. Go ahead and lay your old tired sack of bones down then. We are going to deal with it one way or pay for it in many other ways.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Census Bureau missed whole neighborhoods. At least in my area they did. Repeated calls to the Bureau went unanswered, there were no census takers to be found...I don't think half of my town was even contacted. So I take anything that the Census Bureau puts out with a grain of salt.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fascinated1

      Did the neighborhood not receive the mailings? I'm assuming if everyone mailed their census back, there wouldn't be a need for a physical census taker.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    So in a few decades we will be a hispanic dominated country. We can be just like Mexico and all the other hispanic countries! But wait, where will all the hispanics try to illegally populate then? Oh, Canada of course, their so PC it will be a piece of cake, just like the USA.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....if you think of yourself as a person this problem goes away. American vs. non-American. That's the way it oughtta be.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bubba

    White children might start off being in the minority but drugs and crime will leave them in the majority.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      God I hope so!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Yeah, cuz white people don't do drugs of course.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dont matter

    Does this really scare anyone? Is it a big deal that whites are going to be a minority? Please explain..

    April 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • HSThompson

      It's no big deal but it is funny that now liberals will be hating on minorities who are predominantly Catholic. What a dilemma.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont matter

      FYI. Half the PHDs in this country are obtained by immigrants. To add to this, citizens contribute to a higher percentage of crime than immigrants do.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftroy01

      If someone has to detail and truly explain that to you I would suggest you get out of your hole a little more often and see what goes on in the real world that would answer your question

      April 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike Nike

    *Nelson from The Simpsons*.........> HA HA!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dim Mak

    @Secularosity: There's tardism around every corner in every neighborhood in America. Everyone hates everyone.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Thomas

    As a white resident of New Mexico I am thankful everyday that my daughters get to grow up in a diverse, culturally interesting, happy place. New Mexico has never had a dominant white majority and the state thrives as a result.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftroy01

      Dont worry that will change sooner rather than later you will be unwelcome and hated soon enough. Do you truly think the mexicans will embrace you with open arms, you cannot possibly be that nieve.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good for you

      I'm originally from New Mexico and I'm glad that you recognize the amazing diversity there!!! It's a great place, love the green chile! ;D

      April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the country. I wouldn't call that 'thriving.'

      April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      The idiot racist who replied to you that has trouble with the English language (nieve? Scottish dialect for clenched fist?) didn't notice that you mentioned that New Mexico has been a minority-majority state for a long time. I too live here in New Mexico, and have grown up here, and had very few problems based on my race or ethnicity.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont matter

      Thomas, I think it is great that you see this change with such an open mind. Each generation is learning to become more tolerant, and I can totally abide by that. Most of these anti immigration people do tend to be white, racist, and older. Ok, yes they are probably having trouble adjusting to the fact that today's immigrants just are not as white as they used to be. But they are still people, and there is no time to worry about their different cultures and skin colors!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • conquistador

      New Mexico used to be an interesting mix of white or mestizo Spanish descendants, "anglos", and native americans who got along fairly well. Now, however thanks to chicano power victimology indoctrination in schools and massive illegal immigration, whites (Anglo and Spanish) are a much hated minority. It is turning third-world very quickly.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha

      Good for you! I'm glad that I found at least ONE comment from a non-Hispanic who is not raging against Hispanics like me. I'm glad your daughters are growing up in an area surrounded by mixed cultures.
      And to froyt or whatever the heck your name is: WHAT, may I ask, is "nieve"? I think you're the "naive" one to not even know how to spell. Way to go, ignorant dummy.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. grace

    don't worry pretty soon we'll all be muslim with their 6.9 avg children per household

    April 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Multiculturalism will the be the downfall of this country

    April 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont matter

      Yeah say that to the Italians, Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, and others that served in, lets say, WW2.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      Absolutely right on, dont matter! It was Native Americans that provided the codes that allowed events like D-Day and all those other things that must, by Bob's thinking, have only been attended by white guys who all looked like Tom Hanks.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      Right, after 500 years of immigrants coming to America, we now know that it is going to be a failure.

      You sir are brilliant.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      You're right. We should have the OG original culture only... Native American or GTFO.

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

      No- just the illegals will destroy the nation. FACT.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....or maybe just people like you.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joel Raes

    You should see Arizona..


    Joel Raes

    April 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftroy01

      Who the HE" would want too!! Only an idiot would want to be in that cesspool of a state now.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      ftroy01 – no one is enjoying your racist comments.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      We are all filing for welfare.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Police Officer

    All of these statistics are all skewed. White is a color and hispanic is an ethnicity. In other words you can be white and hispanic, you can be white and asian, arab, etc. There are only three races: White, Black and Mongolian. That is it. I am a white hispanic who was born in Argentina but have Italian and Spanish Ancestry. All of these statistics are skewed since there isn't a white race.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      First you say there's a white race, and then you don't. Funny, to say the least.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anevay

      M/F? Married? hehe

      April 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Tell me you aren't a cop in Phoenix, please. We already have our share of stupid cops.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rodek

    I guess we can call this diversity?

    April 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sean

    SWEET! Bring on the affirmative action for us Caucasians!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • squawchic

      You already have affirmative action, only it's called white privilege. Don't be greedy.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Yeah, because all white people are born into a life of wealth and privilege. Where "wealth and privilege" is a mean income of $14k/year. It's super easy to pay college tuition when earning minimum wage.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Let's see how THAT works! We'll need to steal a Mexican's ID to qualify!

      April 7, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ... you've had it. It was called pre-WWII America.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      well bsides the social affirmative action that both white men and women benefit from there is the pay discrepancy that white men get over everyone else for the same job and white women get special scholarships for math and science, free drinks and meals, get off more easily for speeding and other crimes, and have plenty of women-only type services available.

      May 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      It will never happen, Sean, it will never happen. Affirmative Action will be dissolved when white people are nearly extinct.

      July 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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