The Population Shifts in the United States

White Births Are No Longer the Majority

by Jennie Wood

U.S. Population

Related Links

According to Census data released in the spring of 2012, white births were no longer in the majority in the United States. Over a 12-month period which ended in July 2011, Asians, blacks, Hispanics and mixed races made up 50.4 percent of all births, becoming a majority for the first time in the history of the United States.

The United States had been headed toward a shift in the majority for years. The country was founded by European whites who depended heavily on enslaved African populations. The 1960s civil rights movement and acceptance of interracial marriages sped up the shift. The Census data also suggested that the increasing number of Latin Americans immigrating to the U.S. accelerated the decline of the white birth majority. From 2000 to 2010, more Hispanic births were recorded in the U.S. than Hispanics moving into the country. With the Hispanic population at the median age of 27 in 2012, the trend was expected to continue increasing.

The largest single share of total births still belonged to whites with 49.6 percent. The 2010 census data showed that whites also remained the majority in the overall U.S. population at 63.4 percent. However, with shift in majority births, the U.S. passed a demographic milestone, moving away from a white baby boomer culture toward a more global, multi-ethnic country.




Source: The U.S. Census Bureau

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Did you know?
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover began the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” program in March 1950.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Top 10 Group Halloween Costumes for Families
These store-bought and Pinterest-inspired Halloween costume ideas for groups are the perfect way to show off your creative side at your Halloween party or while trick-or-treating.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

12 Spine-Tingling Halloween Movies for Teens
Are you looking for a movie with just a little bit of spook-factor for your teen? Check out these 12 spine-tingling Halloween movies!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!