Posted Feb. 13, 2008 - About four decades from now, when you use the term “minorities,” you’ll be talking about White folks.
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That’s because Whites, who comprise about two-thirds of the U.S. population, will be represent less than half (47 percent) by the year 2050, according to projections by the Pew Research Center.
"If current trends continue, the population of the United States will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 296 million in 2005," an increase of nearly 50 percent, the study by the Washington-based think-tank said.
And the engine driving those trends is immigration, which will account for 80 percent of the demographic shift. Latinos, already the largest minority group in the United States, is expected to more than double size – from 14 percent to 29 percent – by 2050, Pew concluded.
While one in eight people now living in the United States is of Hispanic origin, that number will rise to one in five. The Asian population is also expected to double, from 5 percent to 9 percent over the same period, while the African-American population is projected to remain static at 13 percent, the center found.
Those trends in the racial makeup of the nation, however, could change depending on America’s future immigration policies, the report notes. Among Republican voters, immigration is the second most important national issue behind the economy, recent polls show.
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