New U.S. Census Data Underscores the Changing Face of America

Today the U.S. Census released new data showing that Whites now make up less than half of births in the United States, with Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history (at 50.4 percent). The following is a statement from PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell in response to this news:

“Today’s news from the U.S. Census that whites now account for less than half of U.S. births underscores what PolicyLink has been saying for some time: the face of America is changing and the nation’s fate hinges on how we react to and invest in those changes. At a time when other countries are beginning to see their youth populations dwindle, the U.S. is experiencing a boom not seen since post-World War II. We must recognize this as a tremendous opportunity to develop a national policy agenda that leads with equity and makes it possible for this growing youth population to fully participate and prosper in our nation’s economic revival.

“It is a shocking and unacceptable fact that today 45 percent of Black middle-class children are expected to end up poor by the time they reach adulthood. According to the Brookings Institution, a mere 13 percent of Latinos and 18 percent of African Americans have a college degree, compared with 31 percent of whites. Such statistics, when viewed within the context of these rapidly changing demographics, reinforce the urgency for making targeted investments that will prepare today’s youth of color and help them to reach their full potential. This means supporting quality early childhood education programs so that young children are well-equipped to perform and succeed in the classroom. And investing in our community colleges so that young workers get the training and skills critical to compete in the global economy.

“The only way to achieve true, sustainable economic recovery is by influencing public policy and making equity the superior growth model for our future. Today’s developments represent a prime opportunity to do just that. Let’s start now.”

Check out these maps below for a visual of this changing face of America. What do you think these rapid changes mean for America’s future? Share with us in the comments.



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