Thursday, May 17, 2012
WASHINGTON For the first time, racial and ethnic minority groups make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.
New 2011 Census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation’s racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now resulting in fewer Hispanics entering the U.S.
“This is an important landmark,” said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. “This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.”
As a whole, the nation’s minority-group population continues to rise, following a higher-than-expected Hispanic count in the 2010 census. Members of minority groups increased 1.9 percent to 114.1 million, or 36.6 percent of the total U.S. population, lifted by prior waves of immigration that brought in young families and boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years.
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