For the first time, as of 2012, more than half of the children under age 1 in the U.S. were non-whites.
The newest benchmark illustrating the widening age gap between mostly white, older Americans and fast-growing, younger minority populations, particularly Hispanics. In Texas, nearly 7 in 10 people under age 1 were non-whites as of July 2012, a slight increase from 2011, according to new census estimates. The data, covering the period from April 2011 to July 2012, are the first set of population estimates by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex since the decennial census.
The Census Bureau said it defines a minority as anyone who is not single-race white.
Demographers have said for some time now that they expect racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by midcentury. Texas became a majority-minority state in 2004, and in 2010, Hispanics accounted for 65 percent of the state’s growth since 2000.
According to today’s census data, Hispanics remained the US largest minority group in 2011, at 52 million. They also were the fastest growing; their numbers increased 3.1 percent since 2011, and Hispanics now constitute 16.7 percent of the U.S. population.