Census Bureau: Minority Births Outnumbered Whites for First Time

, Posted: Fri, May 18 2012 at 8:19 AM, Updated: Fri, May 18 2012 at 9:35 AM

For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in America.
With the latest census numbers out, 2011 estimated a historic shift in the nation's racial makeup. The study marks a transformation in a country once dominated by whites and divided over slavery and civil rights.

The report comes as the Supreme court prepares to rule on the legality of Arizona's strict immigration law. Many states are weighing similar get-tough measures as fewer hispanics are opting to enter the U.S. due to the weak economy.

Locally in Oregon, Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 38.7 percent of the children under age 1 in 2011.

Although the state has not yet reached the social “tipping point” at which minority births outnumber whites, but officials do think it is trending that way.


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