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America the Majority Minority Nation

Updated on May 17, 2012
The darker the blue, the more non-white minority. The darkest is about 75%, the lightest blue-25%
The darker the blue, the more non-white minority. The darkest is about 75%, the lightest blue-25%

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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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      perrya

      JUST wondering when the non-minority become the minority, will they than get minority preferences as NOW dictated by the US Government?

      http://jon-ewall.hubpages.com/

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      Jimmy 5 years ago

      Yes American Romance, I want the government to come clean and expose the Reptilians.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      Wow, you guys are demonizing white Americans for Mexican culture and poorness? Mike I"m not talking about the inside of peoples homes. I am talking about the country itself. I too have been through Mexica and have seen wonderful sites. But the country as a whole is poor with almost zero middle class. roads are bad, infrastructure poor etc. We less whites due to being responsible Americans who can't afford more children. Mexicans have more children because they are Catholic and do not believe in contraceptives. The Mexican population is a problem costing us billions in aid and entitlement. We cannot sustain what we have in this country if we continue to allow uneducated masses to enter and destroy the greatest way of life the world has ever known. I am all for them coming legaly, period.

      Demographics are coming because of illegals. It will change once we get borders secure. Besides recent studies say many are moving back because they can no longer find work in this country.

      Jimmy? Seriously?..................dude!

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I am sure some Americans are overly concerned about the demographics. since there is not much one can do, we all just have to work together and understand each other. The Spanish culture is great. The American-spanish mix is even better.

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      pramodgokhale 5 years ago from Pune( India)

      The topic is showing that someone is worried.But USA is melting pot proudly claimed then let it happen.Anglo-Saxons are the dominant majority which controls wealth and land and government under them.European communities migrated to USA and assimilated centuries back. Late entrants are Asians Africans and South Americans,they worked hard and contributed in building of a new nation.

      I am an Indian ,understand the situation, society should not be divided on lines of Race, Religion.

      I appreciate USA to be model Cosmopolitan nation.

      Thank you.

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      No...you don't have to move. I live in Los Angeles, and I will likely never leave. Immigrants aren't the problem here, but rather, it is the system that we have to fix. There is nothing to fear here, but fear itself... Xenophobia is no excuse to run away.. As for the space aliens....when I encounter one I'll figure out what my personal policy towards them is...

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I agree with Gual, get over it and move on. Not much one can do about it except to move to one the states listed with few immigrants. But to say the reason for the decline in white-europeans due to abortion is silly. The census only confirmed what most of us in the west or southern states suspected. Most of my daughter's friends are Hispanic. The 2nd and 3rd generations are so totally American but they are a little more vocal about their heritage.

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      Jimmy 5 years ago

      Each year approx 200,000 people disappear in the U.S. Some show up in large cities as transients or homeless people. Some simply run away from home and start a new life in a new city. However…many are never found and one possible theory is that they’re kidnapped by aliens! Some of the stories about Dulce New Mexico and other locations suggest large scale hives of aliens working along side humans in experiments on humans among other things. Row upon row of vats with human parts and cages with people inside have been described by the few guards and people that successfully ran from this place. Whether or not there’s any truth to this can be determined only after the “they and them” in the government come clean and allow others to go to these sites and report back to the rest of us. Why are these secret bases on Indian reserves? Read about the “greada treaty” of 1954 and know that this meeting with 3 alien craft was filmed and is shown to every newly elected president so Obama must know about them. Look it up and be advised…you won’t like what you read. Why are there 131 underground bases in the US and where did they get the money….your money….to build these bases? Why is it that somebody’s been building underground tunnels connecting them…since 1954 up to and including today? Find out about the “Delta Force” which guards these bases and find a copy of the executive order that created such a force and see what it says. Who pays for them…with your money? What government body oversees these kind of things and who is responsible for them?? Just how much does the president of the US know about alien contact and why is it that nobody ever asks him about such knowledge? The president cannot affect the world’s financial crisis but he can stop the funding and acknowledge to the world that alien contact was made a long time ago. Make you congressman accountable for these answers and don’t vote for anyone who makes out that they don’t have any knowledge of these kind of things. That would be a lie if they’re running for re-election. It’s time we know the truth and it’s time you set the real priorities for spending your money. We can no longer afford to turn away from knowing the truth.

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      https://hubpages.com/politics/duwamish

      Are Americans afraid that what they wrought on others will be done to them?

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      Hispanic is meaningless.

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      FGual 5 years ago from USA

      Can't stay away from this one. Not sure if your purpose is to merely inform or show concern or alarm. Objectivity or bias? I'll pick the former. In my opinion the reason for less white American children is abortion. Stop aborting and start raising. And yes, unlike George Z, there are many Hispanics that are REALLY white, just watch Univision and see lots of them. There are many white Hispanics married to white Americans. Hispanic is a meaningless umbrella title that has nothing to do with race. Some are pure white, some pure black, some are pure natives of the new world, there are hispanic orientals. Some hispanic countries have a white majority or a white minority. Mexico has a ruling white minority and a native majority. Blacks are a minority in Central America, mostly living on the Caribbean coast. El Salvador on the Pacific has few blacks, while Belize is mostly black. Brazil is the only South American country with a large black population while Argentina and Uruguay have a white majority. See how complicated and useless the terms Hispanic and Latino are.

      I have a beef with white Americans living in California. NEWSFLASH! California was a Spanish colony first, a part of Mexico next, and THEN it became American. Are you surprised that most CA cities have Spanish names? DUH

      The Western US has Hispanic roots people, GET OVER IT OR GET OUT!

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      Really American Romance?

      Racism? Nonsense.

      I've traveled throughout Mexico...I've lived within 10 miles of the border....and I also grew up in Los Angeles.

      Your "Mexicans are half indian and half European" is nonsense. Come, bring your measuring instrumentation and find the "half and half". Some Mexican people are intermingled (to the percentage degree is relative..there is no standard), and a great many are not. Again, I worked with Mexican immigrants who are completely Indian, who, in Mexico, learned Spanish in school as a second language because their regions are entirely indigenous...

      You write about Mexico, but evidently have little to no information about what is going on across the border.

      "Their culture is substandard".....

      No.....the government responsible for taking care of its people is substandard. Ciudad Juarex is not representative of Mexican people, but of the ideals of the wealthy caste.... Tijuana is the same. Nogales is the same.

      Head down into Durango...not the city, mind you (you can if you want, but it is not my point), and stop by in Chinecates, just four hours north of the city. (I've driven throughout much of Mexico....and I agree with Perrya....it is a beautiful country, and the people are wonderful, but if one looks at what the government has enabled....there are huge issues... Of course, American manufacturers aren't complaining.... They are undermining Mexican society and economy while pushing young Mexicans in rural areas to run for the lights at the border.

      Instead of looking at outside appearances, I step into private homes...and even the poorest Mexicans that I have met have very clean homes on the inside.

      You infer I am a racist, and then call Mexican culture sub-standard....

      Projection is a problem that you should fix.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      Well, I certainly believe the last sentence, especially the border towns. But places deeper in Mexico are very nice.Since the census did not ask whether the person was a legal resident, the census numbers may not not be super accurate. many could have been counted and then they returned to their home country.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      Mikelong, where did you grow up? I grew up 100 miles from the border. Your defense of Mexicans is not warranted. Yes they are half spanish and half Indian. What you are using racism to demonstrate has nothing to do with it. These people come in the millions illegaly! We say illegaly to stop crime, keep out terrosist etc. This is why we need border laws, no other reason! If it were a racist thing the IRS would not have mailed over 1.5 Billion in refund checks last year to illegals claiming 10 dependent children! yes I said mailed to illegals! I read about a horrible glitch in our laws that if they sneak over and work they can file income tax forms and the IRS has to honor it. They lie and steal billions from us ! Same with welfare, housing, foodstamps etc! Their culture is substandard to what most of us want in our country. .......don't believe it? drive across the border and try to find a clean nice town?

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      Der Meister 5 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

      Hey Mike, I think I see where you're coming from. It was a good discussion though and nice to see that it didn't go the usual internet route. Cheers, man!

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      perrya 5 years ago

      The census simply refers to white-non-hispanic, wherever they came from, just like Hispanic-wherever they came from, not necessarily from Mexico. The census is simply predicting the future mix.

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      The second part of my previous response answers your question.

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      Der Meister 5 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

      I know that all Mexicans are not the same ethnically. I mentioned it in my previous post. I'm also aware of the way the Mexican government treats the groups in the south. What does it have to do with this hub? Obviously, the European colonizers weren't the majority when they first arrived, even in America, but the thing is that the borders of America haven't always been the seen. Say you want to look at the pop. in 1790, okay? The territory of America was smaller so the indigenous groups living out west wouldn't be counted because the government hadn't pushed out there yet.

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      Der Meister...

      Your comments have nothing to do with anything that I have said.

      All "Mexicans" are not the same, and are not treated the same by their government.

      Indigenous Mexicans, of diverse types, are being abused by European Mexicans....who hold the monopoly on economic, social, and political power in that nation.

      Again, I point to Chiapas and Oaxaca specifically in this case. I responded to this article because so many European Americans think with anxiety of the "non-European" majority United States when for most of American history they were the minority here. I suppose some anxiety is in order when that minority only became a majority through extermination and disenfranchisement.

      In the recesses of their minds they may be afraid that what they did unto others might be done unto them....but I hold no such anxiety.

      I'll let the "Camp of the Saints"-minded (a troubling book) out there worry.

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      Der Meister 5 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

      It's there: http://www.prb.org/Articles/2009/questionnaire.asp... Hispanic is not a race, though. I wouldn't even considered it an ethnic group, because South America was colonized just like North America. So, there are the indigenous groups, Europeans, Asians, and Africans there that are part of the genetic make-up just like the North and the rest of the world. I'd like to clarify about the last sentence of my first post: Everyone has an ethnicity, so the ethnic make-up of a country will always add to 100%.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      Yes, it can get more ethnic with the majority being Spanish\Hispanic whatever. BTW, in the 2010 census, there was no hispanic category, they were for census purposes considered to be white. Crazy, I know. Made no sense. Why is it one cannot talk about data without being a racist? It is what it is-different races make up America with the equation being tilted to more Hispanic in nature. It is a numbers game.

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      Der Meister 5 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

      1. Oh, America. Still can't past silly "racial" hang-ups. I remember filling the last census. You got to be white, black, or native American, and there were multiple choices for Asian and Hispanic. So, we try to separate by color, region, and linguists. White and black don't actually exist, you can find pretty much any skin tone in Asia, and anyone can be Hispanic - you just have to be born in the right part of the world. Shakira (singer) and Pele (footballer) can both be considered to be Hispanic, but go compare pictures.

      2. Mike, census population is a simple numbers game. Native Americans aren't a majority in the US because through the spread of Old World diseases, war, and expansion, there numbers went down: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_t... Indigenous people of Mexico or Central America are just that. They are part of a different tribes from the tribes in the continental US. It's not the same. There might be different groups in Mexico, but not in America. Of course, Mexicans aren't from Europe, they're from Mexico. Maybe you're going for Spanish descent. Most Mexicans are mixed with the rest being European, indigenous, or black African.

      "much more ethnic America" -Everyone is part of at least one ethnic group, so it can't get more ethic. It already is.

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

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      mikelong 5 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      Actually, Europeans were always the minority.

      Why do so many deny the Native American majority that was always here.....

      Why do so many look at "Latinos" today, and deny their Native American heritage? Mexicans are not from Europe...some might be, be they were and continue to be a minority. The overwhelming majority of Mexicans are Native Americans.... The same is true with the majority of Central American "Latinos"...

      These are just made up words to deny actual identity to the people in question. The flow of people north and south from what is now the United States into what is now Mexico was fluid for thousands of years....up until the United States started limiting traffic in the early 20th century.

      I've worked with Mexican immigrants who, for example, came from Oaxaca. For a huge percentage, when growing up in Mexico, their second language was Spanish, for they were still using their native languages...Mixtec, Zapotec, and others. Throughout Mexico, again, Nahuatl is still a dominant language.

      Americans think of this land as "white" because the majority native American population was considered to "not count".... When genocide is taking place, which it absolutely did on both the physical and cultural levels here in the U.S., it makes little sense to include the "undesirables" perceptions.

      False generalizations cluster "Spanish speaking" people together into a homogenized group.. The same is true for "white" people.... This is nonsense.

      But, in a nation founded on racism....what can we expect?

      Don't be afraid....no one except racists care about the ethnic derivation of the people around them. Xenophobia is never a good thing.