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. susan

    They don't mention education level in their little tidbit. White women also aren't having babies as much because we are educated and not living off a free ride from the government!!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • guaranteed

      wrong, white women are having less children because they decided a few years ago that raising children was "below" them and entered the labor force instead.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good for you

      I agree with guaranteed. I'm an EDUCATED Latina woman who CHOSE to stay home and raise my children because my EDUCATED husband provides a good living for us. Your misconception is ridiculous.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fascinated1

      Despite prevailing stereotype, Whites, not Blacks, collect greatest share of public aid dollars. Try balancing your opinions with some facts!

      April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      If whites want to whine about this they should have more children. Whites had large families until the 1960's. I think whites are too obsessed with having the largest McMansion and the best SUV to care about their kids. Hispanics are fine living in little houses and working their butts off. I guess kids would get in the way of many white suburban housewife's pill popping behavior. Trailer park whites are too busy smoking meth to get it done. Rich white guys are running around on cocaine or drunk, both which make you impotent.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • riley

      I am a white woman in my mid 30's, well educated and well paid. I have no desire to have kids...never have. Many of my friends, several married, have decided not to have kids either. I find it odd that people act is if there is something wrong with not having kids. At least we aren't popping out kids and not taking care of them.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      Susan, why don't you admit white women aren't having kids with "Peter" because he doesn't turn you on or he just CAN'T bring his A game. Notice Maria never has a headache and Jose never has trouble getting it up for the fiesta! Keep stroking Peter on his back and telling him "its ok dear I wouldn't to advance more in my career than you anyway."

      May 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. abby

    As the GOP seeks to destroy the safety net of the poor and underprivileged I wonder if they are paying attention to changing demographics. One day the good ole' white boys won't be in the majority, and this very middle-aged white woman will be very glad for the changes.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • HSThompson

      That's great to hear you sanctimonious tw@t.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Abby, you are an ungrateful, ignorant human being. You were LUCKY to live in a white society built by white men and women like yourself. You never went truly hungry, you were able to walk the street in relative safety and you were surrounded with opportunities that few people in the world ever had.

      It is the POISON of leftist ideology that causes you to resent, even hate, your own people. Try living in Africa, Haiti, Mexico, Iran or any other nation that is controlled by non-whites. I am quite sure you would be horrified at what you see.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anevay

      It is a scary thing to think that our country will be run by minorities pretty soon, at least Obama is half white. In ca most legislators and local council people are already foreign born or 1st generation citizens. Look at all the other places run by minorities like someone else posted, the mideast, Africa, Mexico, Korea, the only time they shape up is with white invervention sad to say cause I am not even white. Look at africa and south africa, the white side is far more tame than the black side, it is not a coincedence.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      Abby – I agree with you. I have been watching those white men in Congress stealing everything that wasn't nailed down and giving the rest to their rich buddies for 40 years. A change in color in Washington might be a pleasant surprise.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Bad news: history shows politicians suck regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality or era of time.

      Maybe you should put SkyNet in charge, cause humans are always going to act like humans.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Thank you, bannister. HSThompson, thank you for the laugh!

      July 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack Ass

    Take a good, long look at whats south of our border, in a few years, that'll be us.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....so move now and beat the rush!

      April 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Adams

    Why is this important? Are white children preferable to other children?

    April 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryDavidSandwich

      And by "white" you mean "human" correct?

      April 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      American children are all we should concern ourselves with... before they are dragged down to the 3rd world level as well.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. John Adams

    Why is this important? Are white children preferable over other children?

    April 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Excellent question! Why does it matter which racial groups are growing the fastest?

      April 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Even if you believe all races are equal, loss of genetic diversity is bad for a species. European caucasians have evolved somewhat differently, and have some unique traits for disease resistance, whereas Africans have resistances to other diseases that were present in their environment. If plague X or Y comes and wipes out a good chunk of the human race, and it has most certainly happened before, unique traits and genetic diversity are important. Some of these traits are dominant and require both parents to pass them on to be active.

      Also consider the example of Canis Lupus... dogs and wolves both are the same species. Dogs are wolves that have been inbred by humans to produce distinct traits. Would you care if an entire breed of dog or kind of wolf vanished?

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

      Ill answer that for you, NAME ONE SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY RUN BY NON WHITES! Good luck finding one!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HSThompson

    I'm perfectly fine with this so long as these brown folks aren't stinky Muslims.

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

      Look at any majority-minority section of a major urban center. Most of those living there aren't "stinky Muslims," and these areas are typically cesspools.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      You never got a whiff of a taco bender, obviously.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Coach Key

    Wasn't there an article recently trying to portray white 5 year olds as racists? Who puts this garbage on the front page? HAhahaha

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

    The many white women I have worked with have always been so career focused they were unable to maintain relationships with men or they prefered to be single, and they had multiple abortions so that no interference would occur in their work. All the while hispanics and asians are breeding like rabbits. If or when white women want to settle down and have kids, their men have already gone and shacked up with asian women and had blue eyed chinky babies.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      .....are you human? We have a human race that anybody can join and it's open to Earthers provided that can proove at least one human ancestor.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LarryDavidSandwich

    I have a dream that one day humans and brown-skinned folk can coexist side by side in harmony.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fascinated1

      HUMANS and browned skinned folk? good grief...folk ain't human in your book?

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

      That's called "a play on words" you fvckin' dipsh!t.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George

    The more Third World your population becomes, the more your country will resemble the Third World.


    April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank

    I'm too old for a paper route. Too young for Social Security. And too tired to have an affair. 😉

    April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ptj

    Now you see the reason the Catholic Church banned birth control!! LOL

    April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. publius enigma

    I think we divide too much. Latinos are white. So are pacific islanders. So are native americans.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      That is unless you ask the LaRaza vermin.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Larry

    Funny how things come full circle. The Caucasian race in "newly discovered America" was a minority in the beginning. After all, white anglo saxon people came from Europe. The majority then were a group of people we now call "Native Americans", Native American Indians", who we rounded up and threw em on reservations. Ironically, the Caucasian people continue to invade & occupy countries to this day, round em up, throw em into refugee camps or eliminate em with our bombs.

    Our history books taught us that we discovered this land? Wrong!!! Simple propaganda to manipulate our thought process. We invaded (in general sense for those times) & occupied. More propaganda led us to believe that in general the Native Indians were bad people, hence all the battles, the wars, putting em on reservations, the taking of Native Indian land, etc, etc. Doesn't that sound all too familiar???

    April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Just remember that virtually everything around you that separates us from the Stone Age is a product of white minds.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Educated Man

      Larry, my daughter's history book clearly says..."Christopher Columbus himself discovered America in 1492, however there were, what are called today, as 'native americans' residing. these natives were composed of 500 different nations, often at war with eachother. many of these tribes befriended future whites and intermarried. most notably, the cheif of the huron tribe was desribed as having blonde hair and blue eyes..." You're a self-hating white who clings to the ignorant aspect of life.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ha

      Mike.... that is why whites stole the Calendar, metal forging, mathmatics, and chemistry from more advance cultures like ancient Egypt, Asia, and Mesopatania (sp)

      You can't take credit for advances your culture made by stealing knowledge

      April 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      @Mike.... you guys are barely out of the dark ages and you have to be MEGA-stupid to believe something like that. I'll challenge you to Google black invetors and see how many of the perks you enjoy as a modern American are the products of "White minds". Damn You Are Dumb.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dim Mak

    I don't think I'm going to visit this site anymore. Race has nothing to do with intelligence or morals. I could raise any person in a broken home full of drugs or abuse and they will typically have a harder time succeeding. I like the fact that any child can hit the books, work hard and succeed in this country. We need to solve the causes for broken homes, so people stop using race as an indicator of morals or education. I've known many semi-evil white kids that flew under the radar because they dressed preppy or got good grades.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jupe

      Race is a huge factor in group average intelligence. Quit dreaming.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      You're full of it, jupe!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
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