America's Latino population will triple and whites will become a minority by mid-century, a new study says. The US population will also soar from 303 million to 438 million, mostly due to immigration. Whites, now two-thirds of Americans, are projected to sink to 47%, down from 85% in 1960.
Meanwhile, blacks are projected to hold steady at 13% and Asians will fall from 9% to 5%. In all, new immigrants and their families will account for 82% of the increase between 2005 and 2050, the Pew Research Center study says. "Growing our population by 100 million more than we would otherwise is a choice," a Pew exec said. "Immigration is a choice."