Minorities Surging to Majority

Changes will dramatically alter political landscape

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2008 2:03 AM CDT

(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."

Minorities will become the majority of the US population by mid-century.
Minorities will become the majority of the US population by mid-century.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Protesters in California march for citizenship rights for immigrants.
Protesters in California march for citizenship rights for immigrants.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
New citizens take oaths at the Los Angeles convention center. According to the Census Bureau, sweeping demographic changes will radically alter the American landscape by mid-century.
New citizens take oaths at the Los Angeles convention center. According to the Census Bureau, sweeping demographic changes will radically alter the American landscape by mid-century.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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