Hispanics, Asians and other minority groups have the highest population growth among children, according to the 2010 census.
Demographics expert William Frey, a senior fellow for the Brookings Institution, said the growth will alter the racial makeup of the nation’s workforce and population at large, possibly making non-Hispanic Whites a minority sooner than anticipated.
Frey analyzed the 2010 Census and discovered that the white population is “aging” while the population rates of Hispanics, Asians, and minority groups are rapidly increasing.
The number of White children declined from 2000 to 2010 by 4.3 million, while the population of Asian and Hispanic children grew by 5.5 million, according to Frey’s analysis.
Texas has seen the largest increase in population among Hispanic children, up 95 percent from the prior decade.
Areas where non-Whites have become the population majority include the Atlanta, Ga., Dallas, Tex., Orlando, Fla. and Phoenix, Ariz. metro regions, according to Frey.
However, Frey found that minorities still overwhelmingly live separate from Whites, noting that the “average Black or Hispanic child lives in a neighborhood where Whites make up 10 percent less of the population,” according to his report.
The census report led Frey to conclude that Whites will be a minority in the U.S. by 2042, due to the rapidly increasing population growth among minorities. The political ramifications of a younger, more racially-mixed America could be seen as soon as next year.
“Politically, an age-race divide could create even sharper division between candidates and parties that espouse more or less government support for measures benefiting the young, like education or affordable housing, and those benefiting the old, like Social Security or Medicare,” the report stated.
USA Today reported that the Democrat Party may target Arizona, Georgia and Texas in President Obama’s reelection campaign next year. Those states are generally Republican, but may become political vulnerable due to the surge in minority population in each state.