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White population continues to decline as minorities grow: U.S. Census estimates|
10:26, June 11, 2010
Most U.S. states have seen a steady decline in the number of white population while minority groups have enjoyed a upswing in 2009, the latest U.S.census estimates released Thursday show.
In 42 states, numbers show a loss of non-Hispanic whites under age 45. Nationally, this group declined by 8.4 million. In contrast, the number of states in which the majority of children under 15 are minorities has increased, with Florida, Maryland, Georgia and Nevada bringing the number of such states to 10,the Los Angeles Times reported.
Minorities now make up about 35 percent of the population in the United States, an increase of 5 percent from 2000, reflecting demographic changes seen most powerfully in the Golden State.
"More of the country is going to be like California," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution. "As we get closer to the 2010 census, we're seeing a decade where the white population is aging."
Last year, minorities make up 57 percent of the population in California. Nationwide, minorities helped the overall U.S. population grow by 2 percent, boosted by a surge in births and people who identified themselves as multiracial.
In 2009, 5.3 million Americans classified themselves as multiracial, up 26 percent from 3.9 million in 2000,according to The Times report.
Much of the nation's demographic change is seen among children. In California, minorities make up 72 percent of those under age 15, compared with 65 percent in 2000. Nationally, 46 percent of children under 15 are minorities, compared with 40 percent in 2000.
The figures released Thursday come from estimates based on data collected last year.
There are, however, 16 states in which the child population is more than 75 percent white, including Utah, South Dakota, Missouri, West Virginia, Maine and Vermont.
The estimates released Thursday are the last sets to be released before the 2010 census is completed, the Los Angeles Times said.