US Demographic Trends

Historic Changes in the U.S. Demographics

The United States has been known to be the land of white and black people, but white Americans dominate the country’s population. However, in the recent years, there has been a significant change in the U.S. history. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost half of the babies being born in the country are non-white. The statistic also shows that almost half of all young children in the U.S. came from minority groups such as black, Hispanic and Asian.

According to a recent survey, almost 50.4% of children in the U.S. were born to minorities and only 49.6% are born white. If you break it down according to their race, white births will just have a total of 1.99 million. Hispanic race accounts for 1.05 million births, black 0.61 million, Asian 0.25 million, Native American 0.07 million, Pacific Islander 0.01 million and two or more races accounts for 0.25 million births. These numbers have the total of 4.01 births annually.

The change in the U.S. demographic has highly influenced the country’s voting population. In 1990, white American’s voting population is almost 85% of the U.S. total population. Today, that population has decreased significantly and other races like Latino and Hispanic are also included on the U.S. voting population. This is the percentage of the voting population in New Mexico with almost 46.7% Latino residents.

With this significant change in the U.S. demographic, a study was conducted to project the U.S. population to 2050. In 2010, 64.7% of the total U.S. population is made up of non-Hispanic Americans, but the number will decrease to 46.3% in 2050. It was projected that the U.S. population will be composed of 9.2% Asian, 30.3% Hispanic and 15% black and mixed race.

Possible Cause of Change in the U.S. Demographic

The possible cause of the significant change in the U.S. demographic is immigration. In many years, people from all over the world with different races continue to migrate in the U.S. for different reasons. This has led female and male Americans to marry other races and give birth to a child with a mixed race. On top of that, black and white Americans are marrying each other causing their children to have a different color.

According to statistics, about 13% of the U.S. population as foreign-born in 2009, including 11.2 million illegal aliens where 80% of them came from Latin America. Latin America is the region with the largest birth-group, which accounts for 53% of all foreign born in the U.S. Also, Latin America is the largest source of illegal immigration’s into the U.S.

In 2011, there are 18.1 million naturalized U.S. citizens, which account for 45% of all the foreign born population with the total of 40.4 million. These numbers account the 6% of the U.S. total population at a time. Not to mention the 680,000 legal immigrants naturalized every year.

With both legal and illegal immigrants continuing to mingle with white Americans, the country can expect more significant decrease in white-born babies in the next 100 years.