America on course for white minority by 2050
THE United States could reach a "tipping point" this year when the number of babies born to minorities would outnumber those born to whites for the first time.
Caucasian women increasingly are delaying having children and having smaller families, while growing numbers of Hispanic women are having large families at conventional child-bearing ages, according to a new demographic study. If trends continue, America is on course to have a white minority by 2050.
"Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century," said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends in a paper released this week.
Minorities made up 48pc of US children born in 2008, compared with 37pc in 1990. Broken down by race, about 52pc of babies born in 2008 were white, 25pc were Hispanic, 15pc black and 4pc Asian. Another 4pc were multiracial. (© Daily Telegraph, London)