The culture, diversity and overall hue of the country is changing. In all the years of American history (United States of America history that is), whites have been the majority from coast to coast. But according to a preview from data from the 2010 census results, it looks like this is no longer the case. Babies born to ethnic minorities are now outnumbered those born to a white couple. So what are the big changes and what effect will it have on the country?
One of the biggest shifts is that younger Hispanic women are having more children that white women, white women “who have lower birth rates and as a group are moving beyond their prime childbearing years.” Ten years ago, back in 1990, whites made up about 60% of the baby (3 and under) population. Now? Under 50% are white
In a few decades it looks like the ethic minority numbers will grow to become the majority. Real effects of this ethic shift won’t be seen for a while but “any institution that touches or is impacted by children will be the first to feel the impact,” and will feel the impact now. But twenty years from now? There is no doubt that we will see more of what is now considered minorities in politics, holding key positions in corporations and in our films and TV shows. Our melting pot will be even more mixed and stirred, to become one big cauldron of culture.
But as it stands now, the un-baby population is still mostly white. For those over the age of 65, 80% are white in America and 73 per cent of people who are in the 45-60 age range. “It’s clear the younger generation is very demographically different from the elderly, something to keep in mind as politics plays out on how programs for the elderly get supported,” Laura Speer, coordinator of the Kids Count project stated. “It’s critical that children are able to grow to compete internationally and keep state economies rolling.”
Do you see the changing cultural shift in your area?
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