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. Tuck

    what do you expect America? U want diversity for the past 20 yrs, now you got it!

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

      Nice reply ! Diversity means NO WHITE MALES. We did it to ourselves.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria B.

      I love it! You whites are so blinded by your hatred, you don't know what to do! You blame everyone instead of yourselves... . It's Obama's fault. It's immigration. . . It's diversity. . . I have heard some crazy whites say that there is white genocide! Give me a break! It is YOUR fault! White women are obese and wait too long to have kids. They would rather buy a house with a pool than have children! White men have small penises! They are the biggest users of Viagra and other penile enhancing drugs. Face it! White men just can't get it up the way a Latino man can!

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

      I have a lot of tequila to make you forget. Just introduce me with your sister.

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

      That happens when you have a high rate of clandestine abortions due a high rate of incest. We all know whites have most higher ratio that any other race combined. Specially with the hillybillies, and extremely religious whites remember the mormons.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Baldheaded Foo

      it hurts that Susan won't give it up doesn't it, lol. She's too busy looking out for herself while white men bi!@# and moan on these boards. Its fun watching you people fall apart. But please continue to get jealous of jose and juan who never get denied by their women, lol.

      May 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FromGa

    Diversity is good, but show me one great country that is run by a black man (other than currently this one) and show me one good country country that is run by a hispanic. Spain has 20% unemployment. Haiti is a complete and utter disaster. I think what happens is that familes just have a lot of kids and expect that the government has to help them take care of them. When they are the majority they try to squeeze the companies and rich to provide for them. The end result is an unproductive crime ridden country. Look at south america for several examples of this.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      I like your racial undertone! What do you suggest we do, please spell out!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      You haven't traveled much out of GEEogya have you?

      April 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrel

      First of all Spain is not hispanic...

      Good country run by Hispanics, Chile (lived there for two years), Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina...

      Haiti is in shambles...pretty sure the Earthquake did that...no man has power to stop that from happening

      April 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • PR

      Brazil is not a Hispanic country, is actuality the only country in South America tha is no Hispanic. Brazil was colonized by Portugal.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • PR

      Oh and Haiti was a French colony. Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are the only 3 Hispanic countries in the Carribean. Education in the US sucks, Americans don't know geography or history.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter

    USA is becoming a place of Tacos + Borrittos and General Chao's Chiken + Beef Broccoli.

    Fried Rice for all!


    April 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOBO


      April 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Educated Latina

      That's right! White race will diminish...all you see is white men with Asian women...

      April 7, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Sophie

      Awesome! I love all the food!

      April 18, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Salero21

    I can see "white" people all the time.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kim

    That was right one the money. Survival of the fittest!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oops I can't believe CNN is censoring good ole fashion advice...

      April 7, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    CNN has about 10 articles a day on this topic. Is CNN trying to instigate whites or something?

    April 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • H.E.

      What does "instigate whites" mean?

      April 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustinFromNJ

      "Instigate whites" does not make any sense whatsoever. The word "instigate" is a transitive verb requiring a subject and at least one object; you don't "instigate someone", you "instigate someone to do something."

      in-sti-gate (verb, trans.): bring about or initiate

      April 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Spend a few daysnwatching the Political Ticker blog. All Republican all the time. CNN is a closet Republican.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. angel

    wat happpened to diversity is the majority and when i see an article like this i wonder is it all about skin colour and should be an issue when we cant even solve the current issue of racial discrimination among ourself so FYI wat was the point of the whole article? majority vs minority how about writting about humanity of all colour that brings productivity instead of colour this or that

    April 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Affirmative action came about due to the systematic oppression of blacks and women, mainly through slavery and denying equal rights. I am confident that when the minorities become the majorities, they would have learned from history and would not oppress the white populace.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      (Looks at other nations)


      April 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria B.

      Exactly! White people have no compassion for those who are not white. Look at the way they treated every minority group. Latinos are much more compassionate and caring. We will not treat the whites the way they treated us. We love and embrace all races. It's a shame the white race cannot do the same.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ORLY

      Is that the reason why Latino nations have been plagued by strongmen and corruption over the course of history, Maria?

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

      Maria B. – Actually, it seems that you are the one who lacks compassion for all races, with this anti-white tirade you are on.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • MariaB is an idiot

      Maria B – are you for real with your comments? The only good thing about Latino's taking over is that us white people can hire them at $2 an hour and they'll be dumb enough to work their azzes off for it. Take your greasy azz back to Mexico – I can make my own tacos thank you. And I don't need food stamps to buy the ingredients. Now STFU and pop out another illegitimate wet back that I'll have to pay for.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Go to Mexico and see how much UV comes out of that sunshine pump you have there in your pocket. When we are reduced to 3rd world vermin like them, we will live JUST that way.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Salero21

    With so many "white" people obese, and the number of their children diminishing. I'm begining to wonder if "white" people are eating (cannibalising) their children. Since anyways, most "white" people rather have a new car and new furniture every 5 years, a pool in the backyard and pets rather than 3 or 4 children.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • hockeymom

      Well, let's just see what race has the highest percentage of its people on welfare. I can guarantee that, although whites may be having less children, they are still the race carrying most of the welfare burden with the taxes they pay! Look at the crap holes all these big cities and their schools become when white flight occurs.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      raits of families on AFDC (1)

      White 38.8%
      Black 37.2
      Hispanic 17.8
      Asian 2.8
      Other 3.4

      April 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cc35

      Yeah, it really sucks making a lot of money, driving an awesome car, living in a big house with a pool. I wish I could trade all of that in for another 7 kids. Thanks for the advice.

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

      There is nothing wrong with not wanting to have 3 or 4 children or any at all. Some of us feel that is their is more to life then shooting some kids out. If you look at studies the more educated a person is the less children they have, this is a trend seen in many countries. So it makes sense that white people are having less children (being the most educated group of people in america). You could potentially have some sort of descent argument if you didn't make outrageous comments like white people eating their kids.....moron.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajp215

      I'm white, and no, I don't want 3 or 4 children. And NOT because I am not family oriented or because I care more about material goods than having children! I don't need a ton of money to buy new cars every five years, thank you. I drove around a beat up Chevy for 11 years, so material goods are not my main focus in life, and I resent the implication that it is, just because I am white. The main reason that I want to limit the size of my family is because I'd like to ensure that I am financially capable of supporting the children that I do have. I was raised in a family of three, by two parents who worked 60-80 hours a week depending on the season to support our family, land, and home. My parents owned their own landscaping business, ran a dairy farm, and both worked full-time jobs on top of that. I appreciate everything they did, but I missed out on having them around because they had to work so much to support us. I believe that my husband and I would be able to pull off supporting three children, but we might have to take time away from them to work more hours in order to do so. If I only have two children, I won't have to work 60 hours a week to support my family, and I'll have time to actually spend with them and be a good (and present) parent. And yes, I would also like to have enough money left over to comfortably support them financially, be financially prepared if anything happens (illness, loss of job, etc.), and be able to help them with learning opportunities (music lessons, college, traveling). I'm 100% sure that there are individuals of every race that are financially prudent like me, and who plan the size of their families based on what they can reasonably afford. I just wish everyone put thought into it AHEAD of time, and planned the size of their family that way, instead of living off of the welfare system and continuing to carelessly breed and have children that they can't financially support or care for appropriately (and that goes for the individuals of ALL races).

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

      "Kiki" – First, it is RATES, not "raits". And second, cite your source. I'd like to know where you get your statistics.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria B.

      Latinos are the most educated group in America.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOBO


      Don't doubt your statistics, but that is the percentage (by race) of people on AFDC. However, the percentage of a race on AFDC compared to its total US population is a DIFFERENT statistic. If we look at your numbers based on US demographics from 2010 where 72% of US population is white, 13% is black and 6% is hispanic, then you can see that for every 100 people, blacks have 5.5 times as many people on AFDC and hispanics have 5.4 times as many people as whites do.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeanne

      I love Salerno21's comment as it is the only one that is really creative and hilarious.
      Yes, we white people are eating our own babies!
      But unlike some Asian cultures, we will not eat our dogs. I am comfortable with this plan.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • vence

      I am not sure the number of incests among whites is higher than any other race. Maybe clandestine abortion is too. Specially with the hillybillies, and extremely religious whites.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Stats Guy


      First of all AFDC hasn’t been around since 1996. So I am assuming your stats are at least 15 years old. If you are referring to TANF you don’t even have your stats right. The last time a stat was released on the Race of the people that received TANF was in 2006. In 2006, 1,802,600 people received TANF. 36% or 648,936 of the people that receive TANF were African Americans; 34% or 612,884 were white, and about 26 percent or 468,676 are Hispanic. The other 4 percent include Asians, Native Americans and other races. Wow so it appears that whites are second, but wait whites make up 74 percent of the total population or 224,469,780.

      White = .27% or about 10 in 4,000 of white families received TANF in 2006.
      African Americans = 1.7% or about 68 of 4,000 of African Americans families received TANF.
      Hispanics = 1% or 40 in 4000 Hispanics families received TANF in 2006.

      If you start to compare how many kids each family has that is a different story. A Hispanic or African American family may have up to 6 kids while a white family usually only has 2. So I am basically telling you that African Americans and Hispanics use a lot more TANF than whites.

      http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/data-reports/annualreport8/TANF_8th_Report_wo_append_111908.pdf Pg83

      April 7, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      @ The Stats Guy > you are somewhat correct in your description of TANF vs. the old AFDC, but you left out two things that carry a lot of weight and change the slant of your information.

      1) TANF, unlike AFDC, has a lifetime time limit of receipt. After the law was changed (and it WAS retroactive), one can only receive that aid for FOUR years total in a lifetime.

      2) No matter how many children a family has, the TANF aid only recognizes two of the children. So the myth of having babies to get paid is just that.

      Basically, the only thing they get that makes a difference is maybe food stamps, but even those are contingent on income figures that go back to the early 1960s. They are based on nuclear families of mom/dad/two kids where Dad is working a full-time job and mom is at home with the kids. It also assumes people are paying 1960s rates for their housing and utilities.

      Those base figures have not changed in over forty years.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Only you guys breed em' and expect everyone else to feed em'.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Stats Guy

      @ MostlyAmused > It is actually five years. Does it matter how long you can get the benefits? No, it does not change the fact that African Americans and Hispanics abuse the system more than anyone else. They find ways around the 5 year rule and get it anyway. Oh and it does matter how many children you have. Most states up the amount for each child that you have. Here is an Example:


      Each state has their own rules, I also look at Indiana’s and they also have the same rules. I didn’t want to look at each state but it’s pretty obvious that for each child you get more money. That is why a lot of people have more children. Yea $91 dollars a month is not a lot for an additional child, but poor people do what they have to do. They will get WIC and also get free clothes or extremely cheap clothes at Goodwill. So that $1092 a year that they get for each child starts to pay off.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. EJ

    So thin people are immediately "healthy"? Then how come the thin co worker of mine had a stant put in his coronary artery and I have no such malady? How many thin people smoke, use stimulants, etc. Give me a break, if you have issues about bigger people, don't make blanket statements, it just shows your lack of intelligence. Well, you are from Georgia.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    You're an idiot

    April 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mmmmm

    @lol@you if you would stop going to those Klan meetin' at night and wearing those plumber's crack tight blue jeans and drinking beer and throwing back whiskey chasers while your wife is in the heat of the night you might would have a clan of bubba-babies. Now quit hatin' and effin' around and git effin' busy-mister duh!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sagebrush

    It doesn't matter, we are a third world country already thanks to the government's refusal to control our southern border. More potential Democratic voters, end of story.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      But the real truth of the matter is that they would vote for Hugo Chavez or Castro LONG before any American.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lee Oates

    Everybody should practice intermarriage, that way everyone could eventually have a nice tan.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Susan

    Education correlates with family size too ....

    April 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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