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. publius enigma

    If latinos are not white then what about Italians, what about spaniards? What about Irish, are they ginger?

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

      ....what a dork! Google "the common mother" then remove yourself from the gene pool.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cc

    Guess we can have white college fund, white entertainment television, ms white america..... of course this will never happen once the tables are turned.

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

      You want white entertainment television? Turn on ANY channel on cable! STFU! Every channel is yours! White Caucus?! For what?! 95% of the Senate/ House is white!!! How can you complain when you own, and run everything.

      White people are selfish and silly

      April 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. jo an

    Depends on what you 'test' for....whites write the test...so they should test better. Remember WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP!!


    April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wraith404

    The writer confuses lower fertility rate with higher responsibility rate.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. assdd


    April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anevay

    Here in Ca a large apartment complex I work with has 212 Indian families or couples, 102 asian/vietnamese/chinese tenants, 33 hispanics, 21 blacks, and 32 white tenants. I am assuming the hispanics are in the minority here because of the cost of these units. It is home to mostly engineers and tech people. As you can see, the foreigners are making the most money in this country, even more than the few white folks there are. Indians and asians who have been here 1 yr work in the same building as a hispanics who have been here for 20+ yrs only the indians are making 6 figures and the hispanic is making minimum wage cleaning up that building at night. And white people, they're too busy trying get famous or win the lottery.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Coderbond

    A few more states and we get a White Caucus!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dont matter

    I want everyone to come in, no matter who you are. I do not care if the caucasians disappear completely. Let them. Look at this from a moral perspective. It was us whites that invaded this country and committed genocide against the native, non greedy inhabitants. So now, a new era dawns upon us. Our time here is up, we had a pretty good run. Its not like the newcomers are the barabarians we were, slaughtering and forcing out the natives. The "white" color will simply vanish, so pretty soon we will all look alike. And that is just fine, considering the whites have probably committed more attrocities upon humankind than any other ethnic group.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      The Huns and other roaming armies of the day wiped away more cultures and civilizations than white people have. Stop feeling guilty. Do you think Greeks, Turks and Mongols sit around moping over the countless cultures that have swept away and forgotten?

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

      you are nuts.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Cool story bro.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elm Sonbig

      dont matter, what you are talking about is the genocide of white children, the genocide of my race.

      You are justifying and welcoming the genocide of white children. How dare you think the disappearance of white children is ok, for any reason. Genocide is never okay.

      You are an anti-white.

      April 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      here here! finally the first sensible comment from a white person.

      May 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JJ

    Educate the masses -> Birth rates drop!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anevay

    Most white people here are foreign now too. I see them everyday Russian, European, portuguese, all the tech people who come here and take the high paying jobs cause white people and other Americans no longer want them.

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

      Yeah no kidding, it's almost like every white person here immigrated from Europe or was born to someone who did. We should build a fence.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    Sweet! Now we can get some of this "white privilege" I've always heard about, but never seen. We'll be minorities and get free stuff!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Woohoo! Maybe we'll even stop having to "press one for English!"

      April 7, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      guess what, you're white female counterparts already do get this free stuff: drinks, meals, clothes, rent, etc.

      May 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeremy

    For as long as humans have been around I can't beleive we're still dealing with all the bull s.-H1T that's around today. As a species we're definetly the genetic defetcs of the earth, certainly a parasite.

    Hope we call all realize some truth and be on the same page one of these days. cheers!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Haters gonna hate.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. herrsonic

    Its ok if the majority of bullies are still white.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lou50

    tough problem, who will pay for the hispanics if there are no white tax payers?

    April 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ha

      Oh please.... hispanics are doing all of the JOBS your lazy a$$ won't do, supporting the FOUNDATIONS of this country. WHAT would your white a$$ do with out them? Your yard would be looking crazy, streets torn up, houses in disrepair. They are some of the hardest working people around!

      Your lazy, spoiled, selfserving, capitalistic, selfish, culture of rapists, raiders, and pillagers!

      April 7, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      ironically, this whole idea of whites paying for hispanics is ludicrous because in about 20-30 years hispanic workers will be paying for all the old whites living until their 80s/90s who refuse to die already.

      May 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vince

    Reading all the ignorant comments, I'm surprised some of you people can even write. I can't believe CNN even put this peice of racist crap on it's web site. I wonder what the color of people are in heaven. To all you Christians with your ignorant comments. Go back and read your Bible and start looking at people of other color like your family and friends.
    This dog eat dog civilization is fricken doomed.

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