After years of speculation,estimates and projections,the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.
Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July,according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday,while minorities including Hispanics,blacks,Asians and those of mixed race reached 50.4 percent,a majority for the first time in US history.
While over all,whites will remain a majority for some time,the fact that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are the majority has broad implications for the countrys economy,its political life and its identity.
Signs that the country is evolving this way start with the Oval Office,and have swept hundreds of counties in recent years,with 348 in which whites are no longer in the majority. Whites are no longer the majority in four states and the District of Columbia,and have slipped below half in many metro areas,including New York,Las Vegas and Memphis.