Census data through the end of 2010 shows that the population in the U.S. has reached 309 million. In 2000, the population was 281 million, an already enormous number of people at that time.
There are some really interesting things about that growth of nearly 30 million: more than half is due to growth in the Hispanic/Latino population and about 15 percent of that growth is with people identifying as Asian. Those two groups account for 71 percent of the population growth in the U.S. since 2000.
If these growth trends continue, some research shows that by 2050, the census will count a staggering number of people living in the U.S.:
Almost 440 million. That’s huge!
Almost all of that growth, the same research shows, will be due to immigrants who came to the U.S. in 2005 or later and their descendants.
The country is growing, right now, in other really interesting ways. The number of children who identify has multi-racial — that is, having parents of two different races — increased by 50 percent since the last census in 2000, making them the fastest growing group in the nation.
The number of people of any age who identified themselves as black and white increased 134 percent, according to the New York Times. This significant increase is partially due to the growing number of people with both black and white parents, but it also can be accounted for by a new, more inclusive census survey. The 2010 was the first comprehensive questionnaire that drilled down to specifics — there were 57 racial combinations — rather than a handful of general categories.
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