US Latino Population to Triple by 2050

Immigration will drive America's growth to 438 million: study
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 6:20 PM CST
People march in protest along Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, Va., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. The march and rally, organized by the immigrant rights group "Mexicans Without Borders," was held in protest...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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."