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Census Bureau: Minority Babies Are Majority of U.S. Infants



Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the U.S. no longer has an ethnic or racial majority—at least when it comes to newborns.

The data comes from the Census Bureau's July 1, 2015 estimates, which were released today. It shows 50.2 percent of babies less than 1 year old were racial or ethnic minorities, out of nearly 4 million total births.

The trend of minority newborns outnumbering non-Hispanic white newborns is believed to have begun as early as 2013.

The Pew Research Center broke down the numbers even more. The Census Bureau made a similar announcement in 2012, later revising its projections to show racial and ethnic minority newborns overtaking white newborns some time in 2012 or 2013. Part of why this took place, Pew noted, was the sharp decline in birth rates in the U.S. on account of the Great Recession, when birth rates plummeted among Hispanic and immigrant women.

While the trend of racial and ethnic minority newborns outnumbering white newborns has leveled off somewhat—there was a gap between the groups of 15,000 and 12,000 newborns in 2014 and 2015, respectively—the Census Bureau also estimates 50.3 percent of children under the age of 5 belong to racial and ethnic minority groups. It has led Pew to suggest America's demographic change is taking place among younger age groups faster than among older generations.

The Census Bureau has projected non-Hispanic whites in general will no longer be the majority ethnic group in the country by 2044, though Pew's projections place that event closer to 2055.