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. wattermelann

    Racism is colored.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dim Mak

    @jo an: Whites write the test? 2+2=4 in any language. Geez. And whites can jump lol I knew a kid in HS that dunked with the best of them and there's also a few white college players who can dunk pretty well too. Stereotypes exist to divide us. It's how the devil maintains control. Not all blacks are gangstaz and not all whites have a 2" vertical. Some of the best wide receivers in the NFL are white. Lol wow.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Juan

    Well, why don't you white folks start having more kids, instead of aborting them? Don't blame the other races for your failing to procreate. Hispanics practice what they believe with larger families. With us, kids are always welcome and not a hindrance. We take care of our own and help each other. You don't see many hispanics in nursing homes.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      The whites complaining about this are conservatives. The whites who don't care and aren't having children, getting abortions, etc are liberals. Conservatives do in fact have more children as you suggest (regardless of race).

      Most immigrants are conservative. For example, hispanics tend to be conservative Catholics. Asian immigrants, muslims, etc... all very conservative.

      The long-term effect of this is that within the white group, the birth rate of liberals will be lower than the death rate. The opposite is true for conservatives. This is simply a matter of natural selection at work. Eventually, most whites still around will be conservative, and have a birth rate more on par with other races and ethnicities who have been more conservative all along.

      Traits that are advantageous to reproducing in greater numbers - conservatism - are maintained. Traits that result in lower reproductive fitness - liberalism - are weeded out.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      We don't breed em' if we can't feed and lead em'. That is why you people are 3rd world garbage.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Amanda

    I'm actually relieved to hear that. Now maybe the government programs in the state of Texas will now help white people who meet the income criteria instead of immediately stamping "Denied" after reading the "Race" section of your application. Oh, but I forget everybody else is being discriminated against.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. guaranteed

    I'm a white man living in Los Angeles, and I can tell you all from experience that hispanics are better providers to their children and work ten times harder than these fat lazy white kids growing up now. I just want to tell all the hispanics out there to make sure your children learn english to give them the best chance of success in the future.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      Right on bro! And they are learning english. We are hard working and love this country just as much or more than anyone. Here in Texas, who do you see working construction, building highways, the building trades in 100 degree+ weather? The mexicans! Their children going to school both private and public. We pay our share of taxes, so don't give me this public welfare BS. Oh I forgot we also serve in the armed forces. Hoora!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper Georgia

      I am an "old" white guy (60 is old isn't it?) who could not agree with you more. I have worked with about every ethnic group oin this country at one time or another and would much rather work along side and with a hispanic than most other ethnicities. Hispanics put in a hard days work, never complain and can be counted on to do the best they can at any job they undertake. White and blacks could learn a lot from these people.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • patriot

      My name is Jon. I just returned from my second tour in afganistan. My company is all anglo and hispanic. There are 26 of us, nearly 13 white/13 hispanic – and we all are brothers. We don't even think about this race sh-t. I know that if any taliban motherfu–er fu–s with me, my anglo brother's got my back. I wish the general population could have what we have. it is truly special.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      But you are in LA. You and your anchor maggots are SCREWED!

      April 7, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Chuck in Jasper County – Thank goodness you are in your 60's. Your views about blacks represent the old racism that has perpetrated America for too long. I look forward to people like yourself dying out so we can have real progress in America.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jameson

    Why is this surprising? All Hispanics do is multiply and suck up welfare. As someone said...whites know they can't support 10 kids Hispanics are too stupid to figure that out.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper Georgia

      That is your perspective. Mine would be that "hispanics" are family oriented where as whites are self-servient, therefore are having fewer children. It would interfere with them buying the latest cell phone. It has little to do with thinking about if they can afford 10 kids or not.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Hispanics are predominantly conservative Christian Catholics. Conservatives use less birth control, get less abortions, and have larger families.

      As a result, they have higher birth rates than whites, who have a larger population of liberals with a negative population growth rate.

      To achieve a lower birth rate as you desire, hispanics would have to give up Christianity, conservatism, and assume liberalism in significant numbers.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CNN

    We just posted this story, so all the genetic waste in America could come here and rabble over stupid stuff. Mission accomplished!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vince

    I wonder what the color of people are in heaven. I'm sure that Jesus and God must care since so many Christians seem to. I can't believe that CNN put this racist piece of rasist crap up. They must love to read all of the ignorant hick comments and create divide.
    This dog eat dog civilization is doomed.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lee Oates

    Flash! Native American Indians in the Minority in 50 states......

    April 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mako

    Big surprise, over run by latins. Bring our troops home and have them hold hands to form a fence, deport all illegal mexicans now, no birth root, get out, go make your own country great.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jesus

    I DID NOT create all men equal...... thatz why white folks have higher I.Q.'s and do not suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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

      Why you cant stand the sun, melanoma, etc

      April 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      Jesus didn't make anybody anything, that's his father you're talking about and he doesn't mention color when it comes to salvation. Considering your post yours is in serious need of rescue.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Colortrak VHS

    Where's all de white wimmen at?

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

      Dork. If your white with a post like this it's no wonder you can't find any. They're out lookin' for a brother with an IQ to match his endowment.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WTH!!!


    April 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LMAO OTF

    Oh that smell of color ++LMAO
    ++++++++Lighten up people, It is what it is+++++

    April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WTH!!!


    April 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
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