2010 U.S. Census: White population nationwide declines to 64 percent
The offical 2010 U.S. Census Bureau results released last week report the white population continues to decline to 64 percent nationwide (63.7 percent to be exact). The 2000 U.S. Census Bureau results reported the national white population at 69.1 percent and is well on track to becoming a non-majority status. Other findings.
The change over the past decade was especially dramatic among young people. In the new census, 46.5 percent of people under 18 were minority, a dramatic jump from 39.1 percent in 2000.
As recently as last summer, demographers projected that minorities would make up a majority of the under-18 population sometime after 2020. At the current rate of growth, however, nonwhites will comprise a majority of children in the United States by 2015.
Diversity is sprouting even in places long considered alabaster: In the new census, minorities represent more than 20 percent of the population in Utah, nearly 18 percent in Indiana, 17 percent in Minnesota, 16 percent in Idaho, and 15 percent in South Dakota. Minority populations in Iowa and North Dakota poked into double digits.
2009 U.S. Census: White population nationwide declines to 65 percent
2007 U.S. Census: White population nationwide declines to 66 percent
2005 U.S. Census: White population nationwide declines to 67 percent