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America the Majority Minority Nation
2010 Census Demographics
As David Bowie was sang, "ch-ch-ch-changes", America is really no longer the white and black nation 50 years ago. The new majority minority that is now between the white and black populations is Hispanic. Asian populations are growing rapidly also rivaling black population. But it is also based on age and it is important. If you are are 45 or older, the demographics look as they did 50 years ago, with white and black populations comprising most of the population majority, Hispanics are very much a minority, as are Asians. Why? Those over 45 are part of the massive Baby Boomer group born after 1946 to 1965. A time when immigration from Mexico and other Hispanic countries was minimal.
Thus, America today is at a tipping point. America is slowly becoming a nation of Hispanic descendants as 2nd and 3rd generations of Spanish live and multiply at a much higher rate than white and black populations, primarily because they are younger and prime for doing that. Those in the majority in the 45+ age group are no longer doing this. Baby boomers had kids that are now adults but they tend to have fewer kids than Hispanics. Much fewer. So, as the boomers start to die off, the white population will decline further as the Hispanic population will grow and a majority.
If one looks at a demographics map, there are some surprises: In Nebraska, Hispanic population jumped 77% from 2000-2010. Many towns that were once mostly white are now 65% Hispanic. Local hospitals state that 60% of the babies are Hispanic. Twenty years ago, it was rare to have Hispanic babies. Schools are 50% Hispanic kids and in K-3, it is 90%. This is in Nebraska, America's heartland, not a border state.
But there are many similar shocks, like Alaska, where the population is 75% minority, not white or black. Ditto for Hawaii. California's Hispanic population is 75%+ from Salinas south to San Diego. Most of Arizona and New Mexico follow the same pattern. Washington state hovers between 50-75% minority. Oddly, Oregon, Utah, Kansas, the Great Lake states are not more than 25%. The whole south from Louisiana to Florida is 25-75% minority.
The states that have the least minorities, white, non-Hispanic are: Maine, New York (except NYC) West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Vermont, Tennessee, Illinois, and other northeast states.
Thus, in another 15-20 years, the once dominant white European ancestry population will have dwindled, leaving a much more ethnic America with the minority in the majority in many states.
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