The United States White Population Declines For The First Time In History According To The Census
The data from the 2020 U.S. census indicates that America's population has witnessed its first decrease in white people, marking the first time in the country's history that this has occurred.
"Our analysis of the 2020 Census results show that the U.S. population is much more multiracial, and more racially and ethnically diverse than what we measured in the past," Nicholas Jones, the director and senior advisor of race and ethnic research and outreach in the U.S. Census Bureau's population division, told CNN.
According to recent census data, people of color make up 43% of the overall U.S. population in 2020, a jump from 34% in 2010. Non-Hispanic whites, who represent the majority of the U.S. population, decreased by 6% in 2020. For 57% of the population, this is the most significant decline for any race or ethnicity. The number of people identifying as Hispanic or Latino increased the most.
Despite the fact that the under-18 population has decreased over the past decade, it has grown more diverse: Non-white people aged 18 and under now account for over half of the total population (53%), an increase from 2010 when this age bracket accounted for 47% of the population. Furthermore, there is no racial or ethnic group in control of the under-18 age bracket.
The Census Bureau said that while conclusions about race and ethnicity in the current day should be "made with caution," they are still "confident that the changes we see from 2010 to 2020 in the diversity measures…likely reflect actual demographic changes in the population over the past ten years, as well as improvements to the question designs, data processing, and coding."
In every state except California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Maryland, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, non-Hispanic white Americans remain the majority.
"Population growth this decade was almost entirely in metro areas," Marc Perry, a senior demographer at the Census Bureau, told CNN. "Texas is a good example of this, where parts of the Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland, and Odessa metro areas had population growth, whereas many of the state's other counties had population declines."
Cities accounted for the majority of the country's population increase. Overall, the United States population grew by 7.35 percent from 308.7 million in 2010 to 331.4 million in 2020. The nation's last sluggish population growth such as this one was during the Great Depression, from 1930 to 1940.