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. Forrest

    So we can get rid of the ill conceived "equal opportunity" (which was neither) and tell racist groups like La Raza and the Rainbow Coalition to disband as they are no longer necessary? How will the democrats drum up support if they can't scream raaaaaaciiist every time anyone disagrees with them on literally anything? Will Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have to go on public assistance when their cash cow race baiting operations dry up? I think that the left is far too invested in perpetuating racism as a tool to ever truly end it and embrace a truly colorblind society. I really wish that the left would actually truly study the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. rather than giving them lip service, but his words are as inconvenient to the democrats as snowfall in June is to the cult of "Global Warming TM".

    April 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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  3. jack h

    most jews in israel, u.s. and europe are khazars who converted to judaism. so the jews in israel have no connection to that area.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bookldy209

    Personally, I don't care what color or religion or race you are, so long as you pull your own weight. No one should collect their 99 plus weekd, receive benefits or receive an education – even for your kids – unless you are a citizen. We cannot afford to do less as is now quite obvious on the federal level. Personally, I don't think even "citizens" should be allowed to collect unless they have paid into the system. Fair is fair. Plenty of white trash out there taking advantage, too.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. johnborg

    Whites are not a numerical minority in any of these states. Whites might compose 45% of the population but, blacks compromise 15%, Hispanics 25%, Asians 10%, Native Americans 5%... and so on and so forth. Being less than 50% does not make a group a numerical minority. This article shows that (white) Americans think in binary oppositions when it comes to race: white v. non-white. Also, in the grand field of society, majority and minority have to do with power. Whites may become a numerically smaller group but they will be in power for a long time (economically, politically, theologically, philosophically, and so on).

    April 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. observation

    Normal people are attracted to individuals that resemble them and repelled by individuals who look significantly different. Abnormal people are attracted to individuals who look significantly different and repelled by those that resemble them. So it is and so it will always be.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Elm Sonbig

    Why is the ongoing genocide of white children discussed so casually? Why is not the displacement, dispossession and assimilation of white children taken as a more serious subject for discussion? It seems the media are always talking about the continuing decline of white children in their own countries and every one seems ok with?

    White children are only two percent of the world population. DIveristy is a codeword for genocide of white children.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Elm Sonbig

    Diversity always means less and less white children.

    April 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stewart

    where are the white people??? they disapeared.??? dead? some thing occured in usa in the last 10 years.

    god knows what.

    April 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Florence

      The white people aren't going anywhere. Men and women of different races are starting families resulting in non-white children.
      These comments about white men and women needing to procreate sound eerily similar to propaganda during the Third Reich movement (for the uneducated that is Nazi Germany).
      Children are children no matter the color and people are people.
      Partially the reason so many minorities are using government assistance is because they were never given the same chance at a good education that most people in a predominately white area tend to receive. And even with a good education ignorant people refuse to give minorities a fair chance at high paying jobs and higher education.
      The system needs to change, and hopefully the school systems can raise the level of education children are receiving regardless of race.

      April 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ramon

      stewart thank your white multi cultural pals......to quote red october you have killed us.

      May 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stewart

    i think man whites in us were set to fail. i think no, i am sure.

    April 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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  12. Sklya

    To Florence: No, people are not "people". The Muslims are taking over America from the inside out. Look out sister when you're forced to wear a headscarf.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Galt

    Lol... just in time for China to take over and bring back sweatshops.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ayn

      Don't worry Johnny boy, your union busting Governors Gone Wild are gonna beat China to the punch!

      May 12, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Baldheaded Foo

    Its interesting that the white male cowards on these comment blogs refuse to blame white women for anything, including this future predicament of disappearing from the US and Europe. As along as white men continue to be distracted by blacks and browns and not focus on their real enemies: white women (who refuse to procreate because of their "careers" and trying to "find" themselves) and asians (who are financially taking over the world and the US more than the "boys" realize), they will be eternally frustrated. But keep wasting your energy (hate) on blacks and hispanics.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jerry

    The parameters of a racial holocaust. I'm particularly outraged by racist, white-hating Liberals who talk about echoes of the Third Reich. The only question involving the Third Reich here is just how closely Liberals studied the Nazi concept of Lebensraum before implementing the same policies against white America. Slavs then, whites now. Talking about birth rates is blaming the victims of a policy of hate-motivated racist colonialism.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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