The United States has long been considering a melting pot, where immigrants and citizens of all races mix together as one nationality: Americans. The melting pot theory may now be more true than it has ever been at any other point in history, as the U.S. Census Bureau announced that for the first time, more nonwhite babies were born in 2011 than white babies.
In 2011, non-Hispanic whites made up 49.6% of all newborns, while 50.4% of newborns were not white. This reflects population trends of growth among minority groups. Since 2000, both Hispanic and Asian populations have seen a 40% increase. The black population also grew by 12.9% over that same time period. In contrast, the white population increased by just 1.5%, slower than the national growth rate of 9.7%.
An estimate from 2009 by the census bureau states that by the time the 2040 census is held, whites will be a minority of the population, with just 48.5% of the population being white by 2045. Four states — Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Texas — along with the District of Columbia already have so-called majority-minority populations, where nonwhites make up the majority of citizens. Read