Minorities Surging to Majority

Changes will dramatically alter political landscape
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 2:03 AM CDT
Minorities will become the majority of the US population by mid-century.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – America's demographics will dramatically change by mid-century, with the white population slipping to a minority of 46% of Americans, according to projections  from the Census Bureau. Minority kids will make up 66% of the nation's population of children, reports the Washington Post. The number of Hispanics is expected to triple by 2050, which will have tremendous implications for the political landscape.

The aging white population "will be much more interested in issues like health care and pensions," said a researcher with the Brookings Institution. "The growing minority population—Hispanics, especially—will be concerned about more youthful issues, like schools."