FROM William Frey
Minorities Become the Majority For the first time in history, the Census Bureau reports that white births are no longer a majority in the United States. In a nation founded by white Europeans, Latinos, blacks, Asians, other minorities and children of mixed race made up 50.4 percent of all births over a 12-month period. William Frey is a demographer, professor at the University of Michigan and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
America Looks in the Mirror with 2010 Census Data The official Census of the United States happens every ten years. Results from the 2010 Census are now coming in, and they reveal a great deal about America's population and how it's changing. Will the growth of so-called "minorities" produce a "white identity crisis" or will future generations construct a “post-racial" America? How will demographics affect politics?
2010 Census: How Do We Look Now and in the Future? The official Census of the United States happens every ten years and, even though annual estimates keep demographers updated, it's a chance for the rest of us to check the mirror and see what we look like. Results from the 2010 Census indicate that the white population has grown in the US, but not as fast as Latinos and Asians. In less than 40 years, whites won't be the majority any more. The Latino growth is a function of birthrate, not immigration. Blacks are still about 12 percent, and they're moving back to the South and out to the suburbs. What will these revelations mean politically? How will they impact the makeup of Congress and President Obama's chances for re-election?
Census Data Will Change the Political Landscape America's population is on the move and that could mean a continuing shift in Congressional power from Rust Belt Democrats to Sun Belt Republicans. According to figures released by the US Census Bureau today, the big winners are Texas and Florida and the losers are New York and Ohio. William Frey is visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. His books include By the Numbers : A Field Guide to the US Population. IFRAMES not supported
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