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White Americans will not be a majority by '42

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, reveal the new government projections. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2008 22:44 IST

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, reveal the new government projections. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004. The US has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics.

“The white population is older and very much centred around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

The Census Bureau on Thursday released population projections through 2050, based on rates for births, deaths and immigration. The US has nearly 305 million people today. The population is projected to hit 400 million in 2039 and 439 million in 2050. That’s like adding all the people from France and Britain, said Steve A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates tighter immigration policies.

White non-Hispanics make up about two-thirds of the population, but only 55 per cent of those younger than five. By 2050, whites will make up 46 per cent of the population and blacks will make up 15 per cent. Hispanics, who make up about 15 per cent of the population today, will account for 30 per cent in 2050. Asians, which make up about 5 per cent of the population, are projected to increase to 9 per cent by 2050.

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