The number of White births in the United States has reached a minority status of under 50-percent for the first time in the country’s history, reports the U.S. Census Bureau.
Non-White births were at 49.6-percent, while minority births totaled 50.4-percent for the last 12 months ending last July, new data released on Thursday shows. Hispanics were the largest minority group at 26-percent, African-Americans second with 15-percent, Asians third at 5-percent, and mixed-race births fourth at 4.5-percent. While Whites remain the largest group having babies, it marks the first time that their birth rate is in a minority status.
“This is an important tipping point,” William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, told the New York Times. Frey described the drop as a “transformation from a mostly white baby boomer culture to the more globalized multiethnic country that we are becoming.”
Thursday’s news come a year after a Brookings Institute analysis of census data showed White children are already the minority in 10 American states – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. White children fell by 4.3 million, while Non-White Hispanic children grew by 5.5 million, the report showed. The number of White youth has fallen from 70-percent in 1990 to 53-percent in 2011.
The demographic shift can best be explained through illegal immigration of non-White Hispanics into America. Reports put the number of illegals from Latin America being between 11 million to as high as 30 million. The Non-White Hispanic population is at a median age of 27, the time of peak fertility, said Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center. Between 2000 and 2010, there were more Hispanic births in the United States than there were arriving Hispanic immigrants, he said.
The change has political ramifications. Whites are already the minority in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, and the District of Columbia. They have also fallen below 60-percent in Maryland, Georgia, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Whites also find themselves the minority in 348 counties and most major cities, including New York, Las Vegas, and Memphis, Tennessee.
An age gap comes up in the new racial makeup, with Whites being older, and minorities younger. This sets up serious issues about tax dollars going towards education verses medical care, and has ramifications for generations to come.