America's Racial Tipping Point: Minority Births Top White Births for First Time

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Newly analyzed data from the 2010 census reveals that, for the first time in American history, racial minorities make up the majority of babies born in this country. Statisticians are describing the findings as an “important landmark” for the United States’ shifting demographics.

Minorities accounted for approximately 2.02 million U.S. births over the year-long period ending in July 2011. That number came out to 50.4 percent of total U.S. births. Only 20 years ago, racial and ethnic minorities were responsible for just 37 percent of U.S. births, demonstrating just how sharp this increase is.

Former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau Roderick Harrison heralded the findings, saying, “This is an important landmark. This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders,” according to the Daily Mail.

Though American birth rates have been declining overall in the last decade, this precipitous drop has affected non-Hispanic Whites relatively more than other ethnic groups.

See the graphs below for a more detailed breakdown.

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