Hispanics to form Majority in US Population by 2042
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#1 May 1, 2011
April 20, 2011. Hispanics to form Majority in US Population by 2042
Latest figures from the US Census Bureau suggest that in just another
generation, ethnic and racial minorities will form a majority of the US
population while whites will be reduced to a minority.
The report by the Census Bureau predicts that by 2042, people of Hispanic,
African and Asian origin together with American Indians, native Hawaiians and
Pacific Islanders will exceed the number of non-Hispanic whites in the entire
population. By 2050 Hispanics will number 133 million and comprise thirty
percent of Americans as opposed to the fifteen percent they form today.
The reason behind these large scale demographic changes are being contributed to
rising birth rates among the current minority population and high mortality
rates among older native-born whites. Moreover the continuing influx of
immigrants has also led to changing demographic patterns. According to one
estimate, the percentage of foreign-born Americans which now stands at 12
percent would go up to 20 percent by 2050.
The report brought out by the Census Bureau on Thursday arrived at these figures
on the basis of current as well as historical trends in demography and
immigration. The predictions may be overturned by certain variables like
prospective wide-ranging changes in immigration policies or a higher influx of
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