Minority Babies Almost the Majority

An expert says that by the time today's infants grow up, the white majority will be "something for the history books."


When it comes to nonwhite Americans, it might be about time to retire the term "minority."

USA Today reports that white infants are on the verge of being displaced as the majority of newborns, now that nearly half of babies in the USA are ethnic and racial minorities.

According to the 2010 U.S. census, only 50.2 percent of babies under 1 year old are white and not Hispanic. This represents a sharp decrease from 57.6 percent just 10 years ago.

Minorities have been the majority in Texas and California nurseries for more than two decades. In Texas the majority of people under age 47 are minorities; in California, under 52.

"These little babies ... by the time they get to be in their 20s and 30s, the current racial and ethnic categories ... won't have anything close to the meaning that [they have] today," Brookings Institution demographer William Frey told USA Today. "When they think about white majority, it'll be something in the history books."

Read more at USA Today.

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