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. NorthbyNorthWest

    @Hal. "non-citizen who attends college" It's in-state tuition at all California UC schools (so all of you out-of-state tax payers don't get the same treatment as an illegal in CA). Also, for graduate school the cost of having a LEGAL international student train under you is around 70-80K an illegal who doesn't have to file for taxes can go to a UC for graduate school for in-state residental costs to the professor of ~25-30K if you're in the sciences you get a pay-check too. I know, I've seen it happen... and it's still going on.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |


    April 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jokester

      Not necessarily. In fact, most Hispanics are a mix of European, African, and Native American ancestry.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Not Mexican

    @M Most Mexicans don't work? I am not Mexican but when I go out in the morning to work the lady cleaning the hallway is Mexican (not all people that speak spanish are Mexican!), as I go out to the parking lot the people trimming the bushes, mowing the grass and planting the beautiful flowers are Mexican. When my kitchen sink went haywire, the maintenance man that came in was.... yep you guessed it! Mexican! I have lived in Virginia and Arizona and I have never seen any White or Black people doing these jobs!!! Now there has to be some White ladies out there that do housekeeping or White guys that do landscaping I just have never seen them, they are always Mexican.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lftryagain

      Because companies hire the ones who will do the work for less than minimum wage? They won't hire Americans because AMERICANS know the law!

      April 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Campbell G

    There's another important and overlooked demographic factor here- White families are increasingly reversing the path traced out by their ancestors, leaving the US and going back across the Atlantic to European countries to raise their kids (esp to Italy, Holland, Germany and Scandinavia, where the laws encourage in-migration of overseas diasporas). I'm actually from Arizona myself, and a large fraction of the White families in my neighborhood have done this, selling their assets and heading overseas, esp. the German-Americans. Irish and Greek-Americans, due to EU rules, can often get immigration advantages in Greece and Ireland, then move to a stronger economy (like France, Belgium or Germany) when the arrive in the EU countries. (Britain OTOH isn't much of a destination, it's economy is in terrible shape.)

    The reasons are varied- much more affordable and often higher-quality education in Europe (you don't even need a trust fund for your kids there), better work opportunities once you pick up some of the language (esp Scandinavia and Germany but also France, booming economies), better and more affordable health care, high culture and arts, less corruption, often just a better community spirit than at least much of the United States, obviously this varies.

    So the upshot is that the young White population in the US is declining even faster than these statistics suggest, this on top of the millions of older White Americans who are retiring to sunny coastal regions in e.g. Central America or the Mediterranean. (Also remember, many immigrants who come in are children, and for children under the age of 3-4, Whites are already in the minority overall.)

    What's the impact of this? Hard to say, but it is what it is. The original inhabitants of the country were native tribes like Iroquois and Cherokee, and since the vast majority of Hispanics Latinos are of indigenous native American descent (mostly Mesoamerican), the USA is just returning to the kind of majority that was present before the Mayflower, albeit in altered proportions. I still think the country should be OK, it'll just be an adjustment.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. EndALL-B-all

    Perhaps it is time for this whole marble to go up in flames. All the racial backbiting has just made me disgusted with ALL races. No one deserves anything and I hope we get hit with a comet- a big red comet with RESET written across it's icy surface.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jokester

      My sentiments exactly, except that everybody under the age of 10 should survive. They can totally rebuild the world the right way without us.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nathan K

    I wonder what percentage of the hispanic youth increase are made up of Anchor babies from parents who are illegal aliens?

    April 8, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      i wonder how many more white boys are going to waste their time on the internet complaining about things they can't control? if you really want to blame someone, start with your mom, sister and girlfriend who doesn't want to start a family right now because she is too busy with her career, partying or trying to find herself.

      May 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Caucasian American

    This article is offensive and demeaning!

    From now on I want to be referred to as "Caucasian-American", not "White."

    April 8, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      ok boy

      May 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike


    April 8, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anthrogirl

    What is all this talk about minority and majority. For all those uneducated commentators on here saying "oh look at those countries full of minorities like Africa." Come on people Minority is not a racial category, Majority is not a racial categories either. Whites are majority in USA or Europe becuase they are the most represented race, the same goes for Blacks in Africa, or Asians in the Asian countries. So what if Whites are the minority in the United States. the world will still go on. They are a lot of really stupid people here commenting, and it is a shame that most of them are Americans. For a country known for its greatness, also is known for its ignorance and stupidity. Don't forget that at the end of the day, no matter your race, we are all immigrants in this country. USA is a nation of immigrants. so if you have forgotten, please read your own History so you don't sound like a fool on here.

    Also the lady that talked about illegals getting in-state and her out-of-state nephews getting out-of-state fee for college, i mean you really sound like...I mean...really stupid. Your nephews are paying out of state becuase they are Out-of-State applicants that have not lived in the state of the University as regular residents for more than one year. This rule applies to everyone in the United States and not just your nephews.

    People, please. please, think before you post. Other nations are laughing at us. We are only great because we have a collection of the world's intelligences in our country. Go to NASA, or a Hospital, or some super intelligent industry and you will see that there are people of all races behind the scenes making things happen. Actually you will see more Asians, Indians, Africans...yes Africans, and other so called "minorites" are contribuitng greatly to the greatness of the United States. So white people, don't think you did this all by yourself, and actually, America was build on the back of Slavery, Sad but true talk.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anthrogirl


    April 8, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. lftryagain

    No SH!T Sherlock, how long did it take these people to figure this one out! HA! El Paso, and many border towns have been like that for the last 30 years! Maybe longer! So, can you say "Affirmative Action" for whites?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. texas2618

    what they fail to say is the numbers of who is paying taxes and who are not or at least hte majority. Just based on what we know on this site, minorities are less educated so that could only mean that they pay less taxes because they don't make as much money as educated. So if the balance shifts and there are not enough non-minorities mkaing the money and paying hte taxes, how are they minorities going to get all the benefits? think about THAT ONE

    April 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. texas2618

    who is going to pay for all the free government stuff paid for by white citizens if we're declining?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jokester

      All the NON-white people who are ALSO paying for the free stuff. DUUUHHHH...

      April 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    does it matter?

    April 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. robert raine

    Race is a social fiction with no basis in physiology whatsoever. when my son was very young and asked me why the person next to us in line at the grocery store had such dark skin i explained it thusly; "Their ancestors lived closer to the planets equator than yours. Thats it, and anyone who thinks skin color means anything more significant than that is ignorant and probably has some personal axe to grind, dont bother debating it with them, because you cant fix stupid. just keep moving.
    The real problems in this world have little or nothing to do with race, and the more time and energy we waste on the pointless debates over race the less time and energy we have to devote to solving things like world hunger and poverty, inequal wealth distribution, poor education, global warming, mass species die-offs, collapsing ecosystems and economies. Get it together people and stop fighting over fictional issues and lets start working on the things that could improve the situation for our ENTIRE SPECIES.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jokester

      What you are saying makes WAY too much sense - so much that I think it flew way past most people here.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinkitthrough

      @ robert raine clearly you are an intelligent person who is capable of deep philosophical insight and critical thinking. By reading most of the replies to the article unfortunately you are in the wrong forum and your comment is wasted as intellect and rational thinking is not a prerequisite for reply. Most posts do nothing to address issue in a positive way. Geez when are ppl going to realize we're intertwine and we need each other to exist. Either we gonna get there together or we're not going to get there at all!!!!

      April 13, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
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