The dramatic shift in the racial makeup of the United States of America has taken on new impetus with the news that “non-Hispanic whites” have become a minority in the under-5 age group.
The figures, released by the US Census Bureau, were valid as of a year ago (July 2012) so the situation will have changed even since then.
To further distort the figures, the US Census Bureau, like the FBI, officially classifies a large number of people who are not white, as white, for “statistical purposes.”
According to the US Census Bureau website, a white is defined as a “person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as ‘White’ or report entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Arab, Moroccan, or Caucasian.”
From this it can be seen that all Arabs, Middle Easterners are counted as “white” by the Census Bureau.
As a result, the actual “white” numbers are going to be smaller than the official figures, and it can safely be assumed that whites are already past minority status in the under-5 age group in America.
This means that the official Census Bureau projection that nonwhites will make up a majority of under-18s by the year 2018, is also an underestimate—that status is certainly going be reached well within the next three or so years.
According to the US Census Bureau report, Asians were the nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012.
The Asian population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, with more than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration.
The Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012.
The Hispanic population growth was fueled primarily by natural increase (births minus deaths), which accounted for 76 percent of Hispanic population change.
California had the largest Hispanic population of any state on July 1, 2012 (14.5 million), as well as the largest numeric increase within the Hispanic population since July 1, 2011 (232,000). New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanics at 47.0 percent.
Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population of any county (4.8 million) in 2012 and the largest numeric increase since 2011 (55,000). Starr County — on the Mexican border in Texas — had the highest share of Hispanics (95.6 percent).
New York had the largest black population of any state or equivalent as of July 1, 2012 (3.7 million); Texas had the largest numeric increase since 2011 (87,000). The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of blacks (51.6 percent), followed by Mississippi (38.0 percent).
Cook, Ill. (Chicago) had the largest black population of any county in 2012 (1.3 million), and Harris, Texas (Houston) had the largest numeric increase since 2011 (20,000). Holmes, Miss., was the county with the highest percentage of blacks in the nation (83.1 percent).
California had both the largest Asian population of any state (6.0 million) in July 2012 and the largest numeric increase of Asians since July 1, 2011 (136,000).
Los Angeles had the largest Asian population of any county (1.6 million) in 2012 and the largest numeric increase (25,000) since 2011.
California had the largest non-Hispanic white alone population of any state in 2012 (15.0 million).
Texas had the largest numeric increase in this population group since 2011 (78,000).
Maine had the highest percentage of the non-Hispanic white population (94.1 percent).
Los Angeles had the largest non-Hispanic white alone population of any county (2.7 million) in 2012. Maricopa County, Ariz., had the largest numeric increase in this population since 2011 (24,000). Leslie County, Ky., comprised the highest percentage (98.4 percent) of non-Hispanic whites.
Five states or equivalents were majority-nonwhite in 2012: Hawaii (77.2 percent nonwhite), the District of Columbia (64.5 percent), California (60.6 percent), New Mexico (60.2 percent) and Texas (55.5 percent).
Maverick, Texas, had the largest share (96.8 percent) of its population in nonwhite groups of any county, followed by Webb, Texas (96.4 percent) and Starr, Texas (96.1 percent).
About 353 of the America’s 3,143 counties, or 11 percent, are now “majority-minority.” Six of those counties tipped to that status last year: Mecklenburg, N.C.; Cherokee, Okla.; Texas, Okla.; Bell, Texas; Hockley, Texas; and Terrell, Texas.
In 2012, 13 states and the District of Columbia had an under-5 age population that was “majority-minority,” up from five states in 2000.
In 25 states and the District of Columbia, minorities now make up more than 40 percent of the under-5 group.
Among the under-5 age group, 22 percent live in poverty, typically in more rural states such as Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. Black toddlers were most likely to be poor, at 41 percent, followed by Hispanics at 32 percent and whites at 13 percent. Asian toddlers had a poverty rate of 11 percent.
All in all, the figures mean that America will definitively become a majority non-white nation by the year 2040.
Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanics, racial and ethnic minorities are growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.
The decline in the US white population has been occurring “more quickly than expected,” resulting in the first “natural decrease” for whites—deaths exceeding births—in more than a century.
“This is the tipping point presaging the gradual decline of the white population, which will be a signature demographic trend of this century,” said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.
Now, more than ever, white Americans—and Europeans—need to start looking at alternative survival strategies if they are to continue to exist as a separate group beyond the year 2100.