Ethnic Minorities Surpass Whites In U.S. Births For First Time
For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing. The US minority population continues to rise, following a higher-than-expected Hispanic count in the 2010 census. Minorities increased 1.9 percent to 114.1 million, or 36.6 percent of the total U.S. population, lifted by prior waves of immigration that brought in young families and boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. But a recent slowdown in the growth of the Hispanic and Asian populations is shifting notions on when the tipping point in U.S. diversity will come — the time when non-Hispanic whites become a minority. After 2010 census results suggested a crossover as early as 2040. “The Latino population is very young, which means they will continue to have a lot of births relative to the general population,” said Mark Mather, associate vice president of the Population Reference Bureau. In the UK, birth rates within the multicultural groups is growing steadily with more 10 cities having an ethnic majority including London, Birmingham, Leicester, Bradford, Luton and Peterborough.