The latest U.S. census figures show that by 2043 whites in America may no longer be the majority.
That’s because, for the first time in American history, the number of deaths in the white community has outnumbered the number of births, census figures show. On top of that, non-Hispanic whites are already older than other groups, with a median age of 42 compared with that of Asians, at 34, and of Hispanics, at under 28, The Associated Press reported.
Specifically, the population of whites who were younger than age 5 stood at 49.9 percent in 2012, AP reported. And in 2012, there were 13 states, as well as the District of Columbia, in which the minority population had surpasses that of whites in those age 5 or younger, AP reported.
With that trend, the growth of the minority population and simultaneous decline of the white population will continue and tip national scales in the coming years, said Thomas Mesenbourg, the acting director at the Census Bureau, AP reported.
The census figures show that by 2043 whites will no longer be the most populous group in the nation, AP reported.
“The fast-growing demographic today is now the children of immigrants,” said one immigration expert in an earlier AP report on the trend.