For the first time, official data show that more than half of children born in the United States are from racial and ethnic minorities.
The Census Bureau has released figures from 2011 showing that in the 12-month period to July, 50.4 percent of babies were either black, Hispanic, Asian or of mixed-race. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births.
The Washington Post reported that the proportion of white babies counted during the decennial census in April 2010 was almost a full percentage point higher, but Census demographers said the tipping point came three months later in July.
“This is a watershed moment,” Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, told the Post. “It shows us how multicultural we’ve become.”
The newly released data also show that in 2011, 49.7 percent of all children under the age of 5 were either Hispanic, black, Asian or from another minority, as were more than half of the 4 million children under the age of 1.