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Minorities to Be Majority by 2042

Should We Pick a New Word? Minorities to Be Majority by 2042

According to new Census Bureau projections, ethnic and racial minorities won't be that way for very long. The census calculates that by 2042, Americans who consider themselves a minority including Hispanic, black, and Asian will in combination outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Even earlier, minority children will be the majority by 2023.

The change happened quicker than previously expected, one reason being significantly higher birthrates among immigrants. Also projections of the growing influx of foreign-born immigrants show it's set to rise from 1.3 million per year now to 2 million per year by the mid-2000s, and the aging and dying of the less prolific whites. It's like a melting pot on speed; a demographer says, “no other country has experienced such rapid racial and ethnic change.”

To see what this means for the state of the population,


Some states have already made the shift, with "minorities" becoming "majorities," like in CA and TX. The way we talk and report about race will follow suit. Chief Census Bureau projector says, “The way people report race 20 or 30 years from now may be very different."

Perhaps more interesting than the shift in racial makeup is the sheer growth in population: they're predicting the total US population will top 400 million in 2039, a couple of decades earlier than previously thought. Where will all those people go? Is it time to start building more condos? How will the bigger population and greater diversity affect the country?


lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I miss everything good. :(
amybdk amybdk 9 years
i'm VERY bored today. entertain me!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Oooh! oOOH! PM it to me! :D
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I know! I thought that was funny too. The other person is stupid even though you just accused her of "completely failing to miss the point". Those double negatives can be tricky.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
*I meant "failing to miss the point."
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Oh, it's okay--I PMed her a totally different post anyway (the one where someone was called stupid for "failing to miss a post," which incidentally wins today's Best Turn of Phrase award ;) ). And I actually spelled out "private message" to avoid PMS puns! :ROTFL:
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Whoops. Jude, you win subtletly points. I never think of PM-ing anyone. In this case would it be PMS-ing someone? Muahaha.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Check your private messages, Michelin. :)
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Steph, she actually was on her period. Said so in one of her blogs. Anyway, I don't think that's any lower than calling somebody stupid. Obviously, the moderators thought both comments were too low. And I'm glad you appreciated it, pop.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I must be evil because I actually thought it was pretty funny. But then again I think lots of inappropriate stuff is hilarious. It gets me into trouble.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I have GOT to start getting up before noon. I missed the whole drama! I wish I could see what got deleted :)
stephley stephley 9 years
Wasn't dealing with the merits of the original argument GS, just pointing out that the period jab is a new low.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
ha, rabid! I too always miss the awesome comments that spark so much discussion! ... shoot!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Damn, and I missed it. :P I am looking forward to trolling the web tonight to see what kind of freak-out responses this story got. For some reason even the UK papers online felt the need to make this a BIG STORY!! But then again, it is a TOTAL crisis - I mean, what will they do with all those unwanted baseball caps and Bon Jovi albums in 2040? :P
thetoneishopeful thetoneishopeful 9 years
I'm sorry but...have you ever driven more than an hour outside of any major city? You quickly find open, empty land...soo...we're going to just have to build more suburbs rather than cramming people into the big cities and build better public transportation to get those people into the cities.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Big comment removed.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
"what does Norway have to do with anything?" Is this the comment being talked about? Where does anyone call anyone else dumb? (NOT trying to be snarky... just wondering if there was a comment removed?)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Steph, you didn't have a problem with the other one? Calling someone dumb?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Me neither jen!
jenintx jenintx 9 years
oops! re: texas. i wouldn't be surprised if it changes here after the next census, though.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And I was joking as well, hence the :wink: Wow.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
joke people, joke. good lord
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
This sounds good to me. So we are truly the melting pot of diverse people, ideas and cultures. How could anything bad come out of that?
flutterby-moon flutterby-moon 9 years
Well judging by some comments above i only hope that society will become more open and less xenophobic and racist.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Someone didn't get the memo. ;)
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