8-11-05 - With a growing Hispanic population, Texas has joined three other states and the District of Columbia as a majority-minority state, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Hispanics are now the largest minority group in California, New Mexico as well as Texas. Asian-Americans are the largest minority in Hawaii, while in the nation's capital, it is blacks.
According to the population estimates based on the 2000 Census, about 50.2 percent of Texans are now minorities. In the 2000 Census, minorities accounted for about 47 percent of the nation's second most populous state.
Five other states _ Maryland, Mississippi, Georgia, New York and Arizona _ aren't far behind, with about 40 percent minorities. Blacks and Hispanics are the largest minority groups in those states.
While a state demographer said the new estimates should be no surprise, public policy analysts said these states and the country as a whole need to bring minority education and professional achievement to the levels of Anglos. Otherwise, these areas risk becoming poorer and less competitive in the world market.