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. LordOfReason

    So....does that mean we white people will start getting scholarships just because of our race?

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

    As a white liberal I have to say this is great news, If you really think about it we whites are the cause of everything evil in this world, we are just evil beings; it's coded in our DNA. I for one am truly enjoying seeing the demise of our disgusting pale race! Go hispanics!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Anti-Racialist Coalition

    Race is nonsense. Only the human race exists. Black, white, hispanic, asian...etc....is all pure nonsense.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vic

    Asian and Indian IQs are higher than white. You're welcome Stan.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Which if true, implies that an area of East Asians and Indians would outstrip a area of blacks and Hispanics by an even greater margin than whites do.

      It's hard, however, to ignore the fact that whites are still responsible for most scientific and technological advances. The IQ curve of whites may have a longer right-hand tail, i.e., more extremely high-IQ people.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Stan – You are an ignorant racist. You think whites are superior.to other races. Well I am white and I am telling you we are not. My husband is a teacher. He has very bright students who are African-American, Hispanic and Asian. He has very dumb students who are white. Whites are not superior to any race. Stop adopting Limbaugh's racist and skewed view of the world and learn to think for yourself.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lee Oates

    Why is any of this important? The human species is the human species, who cares how many are white, black, pink, red, or purple. I think blue would be a nice color for a change.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Randy

    This is the most depressing thing I have ever seen. There are so many blatantly racist comments on here it's disgusting. Thank God for the millions of level headed people in the world.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RSS

    I wonder....just wondering how many of the "minority" kids are uh...illegal aliens? Can I ask that question? Can I ask the one I just asked then? Well , then can I....oh never mind. It's OK to be illegal now. Just ask Obama and his gang of thugs.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anna


    April 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      WOW, OK Xenophobic in tone, however true info and important. COLONIZATION THROUGH OVERBREEDING IS THE #! THREAT TO THE SURVIVAL OF THE HUMAN RACE. (-Not just of soon-to-be-extinct white people!)
      NOBODY HAS THE GUTS TO TALK ABOUT THIS, so TY for the link. When there's nothing left to eat, these '6.8 kid cultures' will have to start eating each other, so white people should be happy to miss it.
      Meanwhile, why on earth did white people ever welcome and fund their own demise?

      April 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chuck

    Well I guess thee white kids will be a minority. Whites do not get to sit around do drugs collect welfare and breed in their teens like these so called minorities. Do we get special privileges now?

    April 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Chuck: you're a racist pig! I wonder what you'll have to say to God. You probably don't believe in God.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Whites make up most of the drug addicts and welfare recipients in the country. Try again.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      Part true! Hispanics normally introduce drugs to the county with feds complicity. Being whites the main consumers, and none of them tell their parents.

      April 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ....Google to see who's collecting the most from social programs in this country and redirect your angst towards them.

      April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Safedriver

    The real issue here is not race but race is being talked about to draw focus away from the reason for all this talk. Our country is being invaded by illegals ruining our economy, and bringing drugs and crime to our neighborhoods. True, most of these illegals are from south of the border but not all. I blame our irresponsible government for hiding their heads in the sand on the problem. Real Americans, that is those who have legal citizenship, are rightfully angry because our citizenship is disrespected by our own government politicians.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Walter

    I find it funny that CNN needs to write an article about whites being the minority yet I cant remember if they've ever written about others being minorities. I guess there is nothing news worthy to write about.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joshua Strebler

    I am not sure about which race you belong to, but I am a proud member of the HUMAN RACE!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle


      April 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. montyross

    can we now have the national association of advancement of white/anglosaxon people whithout being considered racist, there are more poor whites than total number of minorities......

    April 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. funkybunch

    Maybe they counted all the US commonwealth, like Puerto Rico, US VI, why not?

    Four of the fifty states (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) use "Commonwealth of" rather than "State of."

    April 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rob

    Well then all those kids should get minority perks, but won't because they are white

    April 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      Ha and Boo Hoo.

      April 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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