Whites Projected to Become Minority in 2050

Whites Projected to Become Minority in 2050

Posted: 12/18/2009 08:56 AM EST

Between now and 2050, Whites in the United States will become the minority, as Hispanics, Blacks and Asians will combine to make up the nation’s majority population, according to new projections from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The figures push back by eight years an earlier prediction of when Whites were projected to become the new minority. Last year, Census concluded that White children would become the minority in 2023, almost two decades before the overall White population follows suit. That analysis did not account for the slowing of the flow of immigrants into the United States because of tough economic times and stricter immigration laws triggered by the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Currently, there are 308 million people in the United States. By 2050, according to Census, the total population would increase to 399 million residents. Under that scenario, 49.9 percent of that population will be Whites; 12.2 percent Blacks (about the same as it is today); 28 percent Hispanic (up from the current 15 percent); and 6 percent Asian (an increase of 2 percent).

 

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