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. Basil1218

    WHO CARES!? The colour of our skin makes no difference. If we were all treated equally and with the respect that ALL human beings deserve then minority/majority would have no meaning.

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

      The problem is that you, me and many others don't care but the media does. This is why, if a black person is elected mayor of a town, the media touts it as a great achievement when, in fact, no one cares what the mayor looks like as long as he can do the job. But if White kids are in the minority, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. It's not wrong for White kids to have White role models, is it? It's not wrong to have a White Entertainment Network, is it? Who knows, maybe one day this country will actually elect a White President? Hey, it could happen.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GW

      You're right, as long as people act "responsibly" NOT at the taxpayer expenses......

      April 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      You have NO IDEA just how seperatist and racist the LaRaza culture is, do you? Where the hell are you from anyway?!

      April 7, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. JohnyP

    A big thank you for the Democrats and Republicans who have allowed this to happen. However, it does have advantages now doesn't it? How about white kids receiving minority scholarships? Or race based aid? Now the tables are turning.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      It will ALL collapse long before the "tables turn".

      April 7, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Johnnyiola

    Now that White kids are in the minority, perhaps they can get the White scholarships they need. Or we could all contribute to the United White College Fund. Oh, is that STILL racist to say?

    April 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    MostlyAmused – that family that is getting 52k back on 39k income is because of a ONE TIME adoption credit. They adopted children from the state they live, and paid a tax every year for it. The tax credit is now being phased out so they're getting it all in one lump sum.

    Do some research before spewing nonsense about things you do not know.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      The point you missed, Mike, is that someone was spouting off about one group not paying taxes when the reality is that nearly half the people in this country get all their money back and then some. I mentioned that one family as an example of extreme refunds. I can't help but wonder why adoption gets you a huge credit while giving birth (just as expensive and a lot more painful) only gets you a $1000 credit.

      Either way, the family example was only tangential to the bigger issue of who really pays taxes. In other words, no one has no business bellyaching about their personal tax money going to support anyone else when the odds are they paid $3000 in taxes, but got a $6K refund.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    Ellie and RU how could y'all let this happen. Ellie stop all that damn hosing and git busy...RU it is time for you to take the three wolves t-shirt off. Cesar...thomasD and the the rest ofya can't blog until you all have gotten someone knocked up!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jack

    who says beauty correlates with intelligence?

    April 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Angry White Man

    These are some of the most racist statements I have ever read.
    I remember a sports anouncer being fired for stating that black athlets are better than whites because of anatomy. I guess some how your statements are okay because they are about whites???

    April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • white GIRL

      you are exactly right

      April 7, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      what is so racist about people stating the truth?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    And your point would be? Who cares? The fact that the country is falling down around us seems to me to be a much larger, more urgent issue than how many kids are Hispanic, white, Asian, Black, etc.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. barbara

    good, now they can see how we have felt our whole lives. but of course, its only an issue if it affects the leave it to beaver types who are holier than thou. give me a break . color means nothing except to those with low i.q. im a 35 yr old black hispanic mixed female scientist. yea i said it. and im proud and guess what, science has yet to find ONE person on the planet that ever got to pick what color, ethnicity, traits etc they were going to have and the location of birth. so for any racist out there (which seems to be alot which is what made me write this in the first place) it could have easily been you that your having fun talking about. unless you can prove to us that you are the one who got to pick what color you were born, what parents you had, what income they had and what city she popped you out in.. no you can't so keep your racist thoughts to yourself. pick up a book and educate yourself.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al


      Is your shift key broken?

      April 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Christopher

    If CNN saw the white baby boom going on in my area they would probably have a heart attack.
    Oh no! There are whites that ARE reproducing! Help!
    The CNN staffers are nothing but a bunch of anti white paranoid cowards.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    When I go to the malls all I want to see is pregnant white women...with a trail of white babies following her...

    April 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Holmes

      You must not live in LA county! eloel!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. K3Citizen

    This explains why the tea baggers are so angry.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sharon

    this sounds like a race issue cant we all get along white black hispanic green blue purple yellow red come on lifes short so come together an drop the race issues we all are one we are americans so start acting like it an grow up stop acting like kids...........

    April 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      No, it is an issue of anchor maggots born of illegal alien border burglars. Stop being and/or acting stupid. You don't have kids in one of these 10 criminally infested states either- DO YOU?!

      April 7, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. goneballistic

    You are right. Al Gore Invented the internet. He is white.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FunkDaddy

    "none has a college degree" – That made me laugh.

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