For the first time in history, racial and ethnic minorities now make up more than half of all of the children born in the United States.
According to new Census Bureau estimates, 50.4 percent of U.S. births in the 12-month period ending July 2011 were minority babies.
On the whole, the Nation’s minority population also continues to rise. Minorities increased 1.9 percent to 114.1 million, or 36.6 percent of the total U.S. population, due in part to waves of immigration that brought in young families and boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years.
More information from the Census Bureau:
- The most populous national minority group remains Hispanics, who numbered 52 million in 2011; they also were the fastest growing, with their population increasing by 3.1 percent since 2010. This boosted the Hispanic share of the Nation’s total population to 16.7 percent in 2011, up from 16.3 percent in 2010.
- African-Americans were the second largest minority group in the United States, at 43.9 million in 2011 (up 1.6 percent from 2010).
- Asians, who numbered 18.2 million nationally in 2011, were the second fastest-growing minority group, growing by 3.0 percent since 2010.