The Census Bureau forecasts that the U.S. will become a minority-majority population for the first time in 2043, according to its first set of new population projections based on the most recent 2010 U.S. Census,
This means that non-Hispanic whites will, for the first time, comprise less than 50% of the population.
At that point, there will not be a racial majority in the United States.
The Census Bureau attributes changes to projected fertility levels and international migration.
Additionally from the Bureau's report:
All in all, minorities, now 37 percent of the U.S. population, are projected to comprise 57 percent of the population in 2060. (Minorities consist of all but the single-race, non-Hispanic white population.) The total minority population would more than double, from 116.2 million to 241.3 million over the period.
The non-Hispanic white population will peak in 2024, with 199.6 million. That is 1.8 million people higher than today. From 2024 onward, the population of non-Hispanic whites is expected to slowly decrease.
Some other remarks from the report:
- The population will hit 420.3 million in 2060. It currently stands at around 314 million.
- In 2056 the population over the age of 65 is expected to outnumber the population younger than 18 for the first time.
- The Asian population is expected to more than double from 15.9 million in 2012 to 34.4 million in 2060, comprising 8.2 percent of the population.
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