White People No Longer US Majority By 2043

Latinos still fastest-growing demographic

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:01 PM PDT
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Caucasian people had a good run. But it's ending.

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to Census projections.

There are 197.8 million non-Hispanic whites in the United States, and that number will peak at 200 million in 2024, according to an official projection from the US Census Bureau.

"The fast-growing demographic today is now the children of immigrants," said Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, the dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

In 1960, 85 percent of Americans were white, according to the Associated Press. Immigration laws sparked a "boom" of new arrivals in the 1990s and early 2000s, along with economic expansion. The housing bust and the economic malaise has slowed the flow of migrants from Mexico, but whites are now 64 percent of Americans.

There will be 400 million people in the country in 2051, the Census says. By that time, 31 percent of Americans will be Hispanic or Latino.

Asians will make up 8 percent of the population, with 14.7 percent blacks. Whites will be 43 percent of the total, the Census projects.

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