Census: Minorities Account For Most Of The Population Growth Since 2000

Mar 24, 2011

Based on the first national numbers released by the Census Bureau, the AP reports that minorities account for "90 percent of the total U.S. growth since 2000, due to immigration and higher birth rates for Latinos."

We reported last week, that the Pew Hispanic Center extrapolated from the numbers released for states and found that Latinos accounted for 58 percent of the population growth during the last decade. The Latino population is expected to come in at just over 50 million.

The AP reports that Asians, for the first time, had a larger "numeric gain than African-Americans, who remained the second largest minority group at roughly 37 million."

The Washington Post reports on what the numbers mean for the future of the country:

"The futures of most metropolitan areas in the country are contingent on how attractive they are to Hispanic and Asian populations," said John Logan, a Brown University sociologist who has analyzed most of the census figures.

Both non-Hispanic whites and blacks are getting older as a group, he added. "These groups are tending to fade out," he said.

Another demographer William H. Frey with the Brookings Institution told the Post that, this has been a pivotal decade. "We're pivoting from a white-black-dominated American population to one that is multiracial and multicultural." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.