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. zbzb

    How can you produce 1.9 children?? Is that possible? Oh wait not unless the second one is a teabagger, then it totally makes sense! sigh! On the serious note, get the damn illegals out

    April 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric Cartman

    There are too many minoratiess at my waterpark

    April 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. willie

    so if the average IQ for white people is 100, hispanics is 90 and blacks are 85, what color are the smart people? This explains why America is so screwed up, the average person is stupid!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. henry

    How do you like them apples, h*nkey. But don't despair, it is not numbers that make the difference. It is your ability to control because of your wealth.

    I say you need to finally figure out that your "reign" is finally coming to an end. Not fast enough for me.

    From a white guy.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    I love hearing some Chicanos talk about how they should be proud to be Mexican. I wish I could tell people, I'm proud to be Swedish and not get laughed at and classified as just white....From now on I refer to all latinos as just Brown....not by their country...better off refered to not by their pathetic third world country.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      you do realize that if you were gettin' sum from Susie right now you wouldn't be worrying your pretty little blonde head about any of this. Notice, most of these comments are coming from white men, who don't appear to be busy with anything else, hmmmm!

      May 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. College guy chris

    The problem with society today is that people are scared of the future. Change is evident. There is to much political correctness, labeling and pointing the finger of blame. I am a college student studying geoscience and its definitely obivious that the world is overpopulating (or consuming to many resources). We are to busy fighting over the miniscule things like race, when in all reality if people would set their differneces aside and learn how to work together for a better future. Its sad to think how one sided minded people are and set in there ways. Food for thought- How long have humans been on this earth compare to the geologic time of the planet. People need to get egos checked and put aside there differences because no matter what the earth will continue, with or without us. Got a little off topic lol

    April 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. anonymous

    AWESOME....do my white children get the freebies now????

    April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      NO. They won't.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc


      April 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      well, your daughters already do, free drinks, free meals, free ride in life just for being born a spoiled american woman

      May 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. willie

    This isn't true, the fastest growing race is the mixed race population. Pure races are disappearing faster than payphones!

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

      LOL -but wheres the fun in That? You get so much more mileage out of Hyphenated-American.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Comment Formula

    0. "I will use my narrow personal experience to make generalizations about the state of the world"
    1. "As a person who identifies as white, I will comment to show the world that I (want to be and am trying really hard, I promise!) open-minded."
    2. "As a person who doesn't identify as white, I will use my **extensive knowledge** and **well founded, factually based** claims to show that previous poster was an ignorant fool."
    3. "As a troll, I will say something offensive for effect."

    April 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonboy

      You forgot number 4. I will sound like a self righteous pinhead who is better than everyone who posts on message boards, even though...I post on message boards

      April 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tuck

    I thought Malaysian racism sentiment is strong..... thanks America for leading the racism talk, by the biggest news broadcaster in the world.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. psychokilla

    smoke dope be happy. Multiple at an unusual fast right. SO when the revolution comes we have something to eat.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Salero21

    Either "white" men/women are becoming sterile or they're eating their children.

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

      Actually, they are using BIRTH CONTROL b/c they are smarter and unselfish.
      Smarter b/c it's better to have 2 you can afford and send to college, than 5 on welfare and some to prison.
      Unselfish b/c they know that gluttonous breeding habits are killing the planet, and only a rabid baby machine ignores that.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      I have another theory, I am sure the number of incests among whites is higher than any other race. Clandestine abortion is high too. That's why they are not getting any children. Specially with the hillybillies, and extremely religious whites. Like Mormons or evangelicals. We all know their little dirty secrets

      April 7, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      nah, white women just lost interest in playing with tiny pink slippery objects. every white women would be knocked up right now if they could be with who they really wanted- tyrone or jose.

      May 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peter

    Who cares? Ethnic groups' children and grandchildren always assimilate into mainstream America. How many of you of German, Italian, Polish, etc grandparents speak their language? America is the melting pot.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • H.E.

      Johnny, I travel a fair amount and have never seen an 80-year-old hotel maid, Hispanic or otherwise.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      We really need to fix the laws with birthrights here.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      This is what happens when you give the poor $1000 tax credit for each child.

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

      What happens, James? You think you can raise a child on $1,000.00? Go multiply if you think that's a good deal.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      They speak English Johnny, just not when you're around and they're making fun of you.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      @Mark: You mean only whites should have birth rights...wow

      April 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • tODD

      You must be in denial ! The illegal mexicans do not even learn English.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • roger white

      if the children represented anything valuable to society instead of growing up to become another statistic in our ever increasing prison population then obviously i would see no problem with this. However, the black and hispanic population comprise such an overwhelming majority that the increased population of these groups will only perpetuate the incarceration rise. Now with hispanics i dont know if it is cultural or what, but in my highschool there were only 8-12 hispanic girls in my grade out of atleast 200 and over half of them are now mothers just 5 years later? What the hell is that about? none of those girls is on track to graduate college and are likely to be already separated from their baby daddy's anyway. now, without delving into a much more bias and racially controversial discourse on the subject, i will address one more issue. The notion of america as a melting pot i no longer believe to be true, epitomized by the last sentence i just made about steering clear of politically incorrect opinions. Our nation is so caught up with being politically correct and allowing every culture and language to be freely observed and spoken that our nations immigrants are increasingly maintaining their culture and are oblivious to american ideology and values. How often are things being translated into spanish now, spanish t.v. channels, esl programs in school for kids who were born in america, spanish language advertising on the subway, whatever. Back when Americanization was at its height in the early 20th century, people were forced to integrate into society for fear of outright ostracized from society. DIfference was discouraged, now it is encouraged by at risk of degrading our society into distinct off springs of completely other countries. There is no unified america, there is a segmented population existing in disjointed communities and our culture is only what we choose to see and observe because of the rise in technology and the fear of offending anyone after 400 years of subjugation and blatant discrimination. Is there an answer to this? I sure as hell don't have one, but then again maybe others don't see this as a problem. While some problems are left to fester and grow ravenous, some are silenced at the first peep, our culture is a discombobulated culmination of too much information and not enough knowledge and proper understanding and prospective to make sense of it all.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • rb2020

      ie mexican chicks are easy

      April 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |

      weill, i think there may be something to this. when you give foreigners a tax credit to start a business in the US and the least of ye are getting an EIC check to reproduce. The working man can no longer afford higher taxes and have to have less children which would be future tax payers. there is a locus on the land and these are the last days. why would America be getting a shade darker these days, because this is the land of the FREE

      April 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neal

      great! now my white kid can get a minority loan and other free stuff....

      April 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ESmith

      It will take some getting used to when affirmative action will work for whites and against blacks and Hispanics when whites are minorities in 2042.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Does this mean that these kids will be a priority for free college and affirmative action??

      April 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      except you are missing the point. White ethnic minorities intigrate, latinos have no want or desire to intigrate, they want to be mexicans but be in america and that is not how it works

      April 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      This sounds all lovey...and I'd like to buy the world a coke too....but you are ignorant to the motivations behind the overbreeding, and the clear projections for this 'new culture' your grand children will be in.
      COLONIZATION THROUGH OVERBREEDING IS REAL. It is a strategy in Muslim communities in Europe and Latin communities in NA. Leaders promote overbreeding (despite the world's overpopulation crisis) to capitalize on 'democracy'.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • hamza

      i think that there are a lot of lies in america,people do not tell it as it really is.we live one next to another,not together.americans do not like immigrants,immigrants do not like americans.i consider americans usurpers of the land,only indians are rightfully here.what i like is a land itself and money,as for the people,i think american are far from decency.if i could turn time back into 1997,i wouldn't come here again.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      To Roger White, I agree. Some of the groups who come now do not want to assimilate. Ex. Muslims.They want to maintain their own culture, language and customs.
      I have heard that we will be a hispanic country soon and I believe it. While whites are lowering their birth rate, due to the knowledge that over population is a BIG problem, other groups have not realized this, or do not care. I resent seeing things in Spanish. This is America. We speak ENGLISH here. Learn it, or leave.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      "Melting pot"? It is nothing more than a stinking can of rancid beannie weinnies! And these states have been TRASHED for our kids educational opportunities.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Kel

      Some of the comments here are full of ignorance. Why are so many shows, etc. in Spanish, because they are industries that look to gain money. And as for hispanics and blacks having a disproportionate amount of their population in prison? Look at educational systems. Many of the schools that are primarily comprised of black students are poor and suffer from poor scholastic performance, while the 'smart' schools get allocated more funds. The legal system isn't perfect either. Cocaine in its powder form carries a less severe offense than it's crack cocaine counterpart even though there is no chemical difference. But it is not a secret that white users use primarily powder and African-American users, crack. It was like this for decades. Obama signed law to close this gap, but that's just one example of the inequality in our justice system. It seems some white people are afraid to become the minority.

      I am too worried about illegal immigrants. But not all hispanics are illegal. But stop scapegoating them. Our problems reach far beyond that.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Billy

    "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."

    As a born and raised floridian I can safely say that the above statement in incorrect....... I live in one of the biggest metro areas in Fl and the white to minority ratio is probably 5/2..... then again I usually am not out much unless im going to and from WORK !

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

      I think it's because there is no longer people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock.... all ethnic groups are mixed now days.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      I have a different theory. I think they didn't add any new population because incest is higher in whites than any other combined race. so are the clandestine abortions to hide the dirty laundry right? We all know what's going on with Hillybillies and Mormons right!

      April 7, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Alex White

    Wait – this is some misrepresented nonsense. The forecast of whites being a minority in 2042 is absolute, not relative. The % of whites in the country will still outnumber any other race significantly. Not being >=51% represents an absolute majority, but not relative.

    Hard not to sound racist when reporting the facts of poor, which hispanics and blacks are at a higher percentage within their races, than whites – have a much higher birthrate than whites who, as a percentage within the race, are more educated and higher income.

    Whatever the REASON for that inequality of wealth and education, the manifest result is poorer people have more kids, traditionally at the expense of the more wealthy.

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

      you are definitely a racist and dont even know what you are talking about....go back in your trailer.....to say that poor black and latino make more babies? There are many many successful black and latino people in the country........dont count out the white people because they are in the same situation that you put black and latino.....not all black and latino are poor...lots of poor whites in this country......stop stereotyping.....you racist

      April 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaye

      Nelson you are an absolute nitwit, the previous poster was not stating that all Latinos or blacks were poor just the simple fact that as of today people below the poverty line are made up of more people that are not of white ethnicity. In turn people that are poor have more babies. This isn't to say that minorities (non-whites) have more children but rather people that are poor have more children be they white, black, or Latino.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • No nonsense

      Nelson its funny you call him a steryotyper when you blankly tell him to go back into his trailor.
      I may have to agree with you Alex White you are almost absolutely correct!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Does it really make us a racist if we dont feel like we should pay for their education , housing, food, and hospital bills. I understand the poor and underprivlaged minorities need assistance but to allow the government to become a means for supporting your family for eighteen years is unamerican. This United States did not become a world power by giving handouts. This country was founded on the basis of work and not relying on the government to pay your bills. The newley released statistics of the declining white population show that while whites reconginze its not economically responsible to have children in an uncertain economy; the minoriteis are having children at alarming rates with no income. The tax payers are fed up with the irresponsible acts of the minority population to watch its budget and stop accecepting handouts from the government. Work for what you have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a great nation, Please let it stay that way!!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria B.

      Alex White, a racist is calling Nelson a racist. Typical white person. If someone does not agree with their way of thinking they are immediately labelled. Whites love to call everyone racist and feel that somehow they are being discriminated against. Cry me a river. They will never understand what it is like to be a minority.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      "Typical white person." – Typical Hispanic person

      See how dumb you sound?

      In my personal experience, I have met more Hispanic racists than white racists. They are allowed to get away with it and call it ethnic pride because they are a minority. Be glad you're a minority. If you weren't, you would get away with any of your racist crap.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian


      Truth is, at college, we see how minorities are really advancing. Or not. Hispanic and Black students are routinely given grant monies and fail those classes. "Minority" or not those are the facts. I am a discriminator, not a racist. Racists use your skin color against you, I use Mathematics.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      @ Justin>> "This United States did not become a world power by giving handouts."


      Not to our own people, that's true. But we hand out billions every year to countries that don't like us.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Umbra

      Well, besides pointing the clear fact that Nelson and Maria B are simply degenerates – there is an interesting issue in your comment.
      You are missing the fact that as the populations will grow – they will start mix. So in next 20 years, we will see black mothers with white fathers, latino men with asian women etc etc etc. And same with happen with the habits. Believe me when I say it, when Latino man will marry white woman and will have kids – he will be the MOST RADICAL opposition to illegal immigration and so on. Because now he feels secure and he knows WAY TOO WELL how much illegals from his former country consume resources of now HIS NEW country...
      So no worries – it is a good thing that pure white population is going down – it will be replaced by mix population – which will provide much firmer solutions. So Maria B can start packing.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
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