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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Whites represent less than half of births in U.S.

Observation:  It’s official… non-Hispanic white births accounted for less than fifty percent of babies born during the twelve months that ended last July, according to the Census bureau.  The headline was published by the New York Times this morning, and you can click here to see the full story.

Implications:   Multiculturalism is here to stay, a demographic tipping point that has been long-expected in the melting pot known as US.   50.4% of babies born in the most recent recorded year were of Hispanic, Black, Asian, or mixed-race heritage.  Whites still represent a majority of the population as a whole (at 63.4%, according to the story), but an aging Caucasian population means it is only a matter of time until that is no longer the case.

Much coverage will focus on this moment in the coming years.   

Mike Anderson, for the Elm Street Economics consumer trends blog. A service of The Center for Sales Strategy, Inc.

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