Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S.

Here are some Texas notes about new census estimates Thursday:

-Four states - Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Texas - as well as the District of Columbia have minority populations that exceed 50 percent.

-Nine U.S. counties in five states saw their minority populations across all age groups surpass 50 percent last year. They were Sutter and Yolo in California; Quitman in Georgia; Cumberland in New Jersey; Colfax in New Mexico; and Lynn, Mitchell, Schleicher and Swisher in Texas.

-Maverick County, Texas, had the largest share of minorities at 96.8 percent, followed by Webb County, Texas, and Wade Hampton, Alaska, both at 96 percent.

-- In all, 348 of the nation's 3,143 counties, or 1 in 9, have minority populations across all age groups that total more than 50 percent. In a sign of future U.S. race and ethnic change, the number of counties reaching the tipping point increases to more than 690, or nearly 1 in 4, when looking only at the under age 5 population.

The counties in transition include Maricopa (Phoenix), Ariz.; King (Seattle), Wash.; Travis (Austin), Texas; and Palm Beach, Fla.

-- Of the 30 large metro areas showing the fastest Hispanic growth in the previous decade, all showed slower growth in 2011 than in the peak Hispanic growth years of 2005-2006, when the construction boom attracted new migrants to low-wage work. They include Lakeland, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; Provo, Utah; Las Vegas; and Phoenix.

All but two - Fort Myers, Fla., and Dallas-Fort Worth - also grew more slowly last year than in 2010, hurt by the jobs slump.


The census estimates used local records of births and deaths, tax records of people moving within the U.S., and census statistics on immigrants. The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.

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  • by Melinda Location: Sherman on May 31, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    This is no surprise. If you have ever been to WalMart on Saturday it is easy to tell who hasnt figured out that you have to take the birth control out of the package in order for it to work.And of course they all pile into a SUV with 20's on it to leave. It is sad and sickening.
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      by Bea on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to Melinda
      Is it your place to tell someone to use birth control? and what is it to you what kind of vehicle someone has? What is sad and sickening is the self righteousness of some individuals
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        by I'm an American on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:49 PM in reply to Bea
        I think birth control should be manditory for every citizen until you're 21 and the non-productive and criminals should be sterilized. How's that for self righteousness?
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          by Bea on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to I'm an American
          You get an A
  • by Mindy on May 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    So what?
  • by Bea Location: Mayberry on May 31, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    To Smarter than You What in the world are you jabbering about????
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      by Smarter Than You on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:36 AM in reply to Bea
      Jabbering? Oh Bea, you poor thing . . .
  • by Sue Location: Bonham on May 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    I understand freedom of speech, but the fact the most of the people making comments have no idea what a priviledge this is and throw some of these around like they're in a private conversation. There are children that use the internet for school, your grandparents, plenty of other people that taken offense; but it's obvious that offending people is what this is on here for. So don't bother commenting on me.....cause I for one will not not look up channel 12 on the internet, will not watch it, and I do this for all the people that do not have a voice.
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      by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM in reply to Sue
      Sounds like you are the only one trying to take away anyone's voice, Sue. I knew you would look.
  • by Bea Location: Mayberry on May 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    News Flash, this is not unexpected, people of color are the majority in the World, The original EDENIC people, (Africa was and is a Eurocentric Name given to that area) when God confused the tongues at the Tower of Babel, those of liked tongues grouped together, and migrated, interbreeding and this geographical change is where the different races originated from. So eventually the season would come when ethnic groups would again merge and the complexion of the world would be more liken to the beginning of creation. YES, the white race's origins are from Africa
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      by Claude Hopper on May 29, 2012 at 05:58 PM in reply to Bea
      A post about tongues and inbreading! How exciting! I wonder if Bea and Andy every "got it on"?
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        by BEA on May 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM in reply to Claude Hopper
        Only a r@dn@ck would wonder something like that lol
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          by Smarter Than You on May 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM in reply to BEA
          I'm so sorry to see religion use science and mix it all together for an explanation. It's frightening to read. God? The tower of Babel? Good grief.
  • by Texas NDN Location: Denison on May 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
    Somebody had to stop spitting out babies & slow down the over-population in this country.
  • by White and Proud on May 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    Wow that is pretty sad that we are becoming the minority in our own country!!
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      by TRUTH on May 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM in reply to White and Proud
      No it`s a great thing
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      by Joey on May 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to White and Proud
      Maybe your lazy ancestors should have picked their own cotton.
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      by indian on May 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM in reply to White and Proud
      This country started out brown (North American Indians includes mexicans)
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      by Smarter Than You on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:37 AM in reply to White and Proud
      Our? Really?
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on May 18, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Thats cuz they don't work and stay at home breeding like rabbits all day.
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      by truth on May 18, 2012 at 09:30 AM in reply to Zyklon B
      Minorities will outwork you anyday of the week
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        by Kristi on May 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to truth
        Out-cheat or out-manipulate maybe, but not out-work!
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          by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 08:59 AM in reply to Kristi
          Racist! Ever wonder why non whites always seek to migrate to white majority countries instead of the other way around? Stop with the White hate already! Besides all the other modern innovations stemming from European society over the last 400 centuries, self hate is one of the more unique. Yes, Whites invaded, conquered, killed, but that are the only people to whom it ever occurred that they should feel guilt for having done so and attempted to be 'humane' as time progressed. They invented 'humane' to their own detriment.
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      by Not Zyklon B on May 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM in reply to Zyklon B
  • by Jimmy on May 18, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    Can my kids go to college for free now? I am sick and tired of working my backend off to pay for everything and everyone! Maybe when I am a minority, the blacks and hispanics will be as kind to me as we were to them.......yeah, right!
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      by Jack on May 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM in reply to Jimmy
      Yeah, maybe they will enslave us or something. That would be great. The lynchings will be the icing on the cake!
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        by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Jack
        You will be a slave to the government just like them, so what's the difference except that a slave owner would probably be kinder and more considerate of us.
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        by Black on May 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM in reply to Jack
        I take offense to that. I don't like icing OR cake.
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      by truth on May 19, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to Jimmy
      Yeah if being kind is lynchings and racial profilings you will truly be rewared.
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        by Brenda on May 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM in reply to truth
        White people have been racially profiled for many moons now. They just don't all stand on their tippy toes and scream it to whomever will listen to give them something free for it. Every race is profiled. And that is the TRUTH!
  • by Mom on May 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    Wow what a concept. All the races other than white added together have more children born than one race. Minority status is granted because of a minority of power and privilege not numbers.
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      by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM in reply to Mom
      C'mon Mom, where's the love? This is 2012! We're all minorities and all deserve special rights and privileges, right? I mean hey, aren't we all the same?
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