White kids will no longer be a majority in just a few years
By 2018 or 2019, the Census Bureau projects that white children will account for less than half of the under-18 population.
May 15th, 2013
03:40 PM ET

White kids will no longer be a majority in just a few years

By Annalyn Kurtz @AnnalynKurtz

(CNNMoney) - White, non-Hispanic kids will no longer make up the majority of America's youth in just five to six years, according to Census Bureau projections released Wednesday.

Those projections, which include four different scenarios for population growth, estimate that today's minority ethnic groups will soon account for at least half of the under-18 population, either in 2018 or 2019.

"This is going to start from the bottom of the age distribution and move its way up," said William Frey, demographer and senior fellow for the Brooking Institution. "All of these projections show we're moving to greater diversity in the United States."

Already, more than half of American babies being born belong to racial and ethnic groups traditionally thought of as "minorities" - which means it could soon be time to toss that word out completely.

By the time those kids grow up to become adults - sometime between 2036 and 2042 - everyone in the working-age population (ages 18 to 64) will be a member of a group that comes up short of the 50% line.

Demographers call it a "minority-majority." No one single racial or ethnic group will make up more than half of the population.


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  1. Fewer

    So does that mean they'll start offering college scholarships to white kids again since they won't be the majority?

    May 27, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marcie

    Well then I'll be expecting my white grandchildren and great grandchildren to be getting some kind of affirmative action since they'll now be the minority.

    May 27, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Q. American

    When then will we, the "Non-Majority All-Minority Nation" ELIMINATE racial quotas in Employment, Education, Military, etcetera? As intelligent people we must realize that at some point we will pass the time when we can eliminate something that many see as their birthright...please create the legal level playing field that OUR SOCIETY NEEDS NOW, AND FOREVER! Before it is too late!

    May 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phillip Bell

    Who cares? Why is race still an issue? Are we raising our children to be good people? Are they accepting responsibility for their actions? There are way more important issues than what color they are.

    May 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Rivera

    My kids are Puerto Rican but each one of them went to college and pays taxes. They were NOT pregnant in high school and they have good careers and pay taxes. The reality is the America dream is about the people who have dreams and follow them and CREATE. It is up to us as parents to raise good, strong Americans and NOT stereotypes.

    May 24, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. burak

    no matter what colour you are....if you became a human being . that is enough because our father is the same.his name is adam.so what is the reason. why do you classify people.

    May 24, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Spanish

    Still, very few Latinos as school administrators and teachers across the land...

    May 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • obvious

      that means that they have yet to step up to the plate and gotten their certificates. No one is preventing them! The era of school discrimination is over. Its time for them to produce.

      May 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    White people have been the minority for the past 5-10 years.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    Every time I read comments on news outlets I always see the same type of comments. Racist and ethnic superiority banter. They are mostly hateful comment, largely driven by fear. E.g., the fear of the country being taken over by immigrants. Indeed there are social and economic challenges with immigration. However, to deal with that fact, LOGIC and future planning is the only answer. I am work in the field of genetics at a very advanced level. Assuming greater genetic diversity is achieved by the greater "ethnic" diversity, America will only yield a more capable gene pool. In other word, genetically improved population. And also, for the "they are taking over the country" people, remember that America has been taken over by immigrants before and it didn't turn out to 'shabby' ๐Ÿ˜‰

    May 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jc

      Maybe if the Native Americans would have eliminated the first "immigrants" off the boat they would still be in control of their country. Hows it feel to be an Indian? Why is it the only immigrants that get attention are the Latinos? How is it you can get job preference by being able to speak Mexican? Isn't that racist in itself? Why aren't the Mexicans demanding change in their own country instead of demanding we change the U.S.? Go fix Mexico so your culture and heritage will survive instead of being watered down and "Americanized" you hypocrites! If I was an immigrant from anywhere besides Mexico I would be outraged that special privileges are granted to Mexicans just because they can sneak in here overnight instead of trying to traverse an ocean!

      May 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sunny



        May 28, 2013 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Why IsThisAnIssue

      Why is this an issue? Oh, because the United States is still racist. This article (indirectly) implies that it would be a bad thing for there to be less children of a certain skin type. It's ludicrous that CNN would continue to air such ideological filth.

      May 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AMERICA 1st

    Thats ashame that the undesireables will be the majority!!!!

    May 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bayou_Disqus

    This is not exactly new information. Most of us in the south have been living with such demographic realities for decades. In fact most urban areas have been 60+% "minority" for as long as I can remember, so I give this article one big meh.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUTH

    Black or White does not make a difference anymore,first you have to graduate from high school then you have to pass a drug test to get a job.There are plenty of jobs for either but neither are qualified nor do they care about actually working.I see jobs posted outside of places for months now and no one can even read or pass a drug test .....

    May 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jorge

    Like all things on earth, this is a turning of the tide. No big deal, you American white folks will soon discover that our children and our children's children will treat your kin with much more equanimity and fellowship than you have treated us in the past, because in the rest of the Americas we have seen the folly and the danger of supremacist agendas for more centuries than you, and we know that what comes around goes around...

    May 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUTH

      Two months ago there was an awful accident involving a SUV and 6 people died when it flipped into a pond upside down,within those 6 families there are 40,that is right 40 siblings left .These people all live in section 8 housing and we the people are paying with our tax dollars to support them.Now when there are no more taxpayers,who is going to support them? The baby boomers are not working anymore.Good luck

      May 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • john

        no more tax payers!?..... HA HA ... yah good luck with THAT one ๐Ÿ™‚

        May 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnottyNozeBratt

      Jorge is always floating around here being racist. Why is OK with the "news" for this to be so?

      May 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • cajr

      your problem Jorge is that you want to be white and since you think whites have had it made forever, you choose to attack them at every turn. you think whites don't like anyone of color? last time I checked blacks or Mexicans don't like whites much either. don't blame another race because you are upset with what you turned out to be. blame god because he put you where you ended up.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Does this mean we can finally eliminate Affirmative Action? No more special scholarships for minorities or special job quotas required for minorities or organizations promoting minorities only. .

    Treat everyone equally regardless of race.

    May 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humberto

      No, White kids were never majority.

      May 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brittany

      Couldn't agree more.

      May 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nita

      I dont know, does this mean that whites will all of sudden stop being CEO's of major corporations? Will the wealth they have and maintain from the oppression and free labor of minorities suddenly dwindle? The positions of power they still hold in the US, will they lose it overnight or would they make sure to position everything to their advantage after realizing the facts outlined in this article? Stop acting like AA wasn't and isn't needed. You have a group if people who enslaved another and made it illegal for them to even read... But in your head they should have caught up. It was only a few decades ago that blacks were sprayed with water hoses and had zip lock bags of urine thrown on children who intergrated schools. So the answer is probably no, enjoy the ride to come!

      May 21, 2013 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    Remember when America was considered the melting pot of the world and now after the Mariel boatlift in the 80s that flooded Florida with Cuban ilegals that started a trend its more like we're now the worlds dumpster!!Go to your large cities NY ,Miami,Los Angeles,Houston and others and you'll see what type of immigrents are flooding in and its not for political reasons or threats from countrys military they just want to live in America the supposid land of opportunity..Now try getting a simple job when its they who basicly never had a job of any substance in their country but will work here for nothing just to be part of the falsehood of the American dream..That idea went down the toilet after Reagan took office and has basicly been stagnant ever since then!!

    May 20, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Nita

      Lol, I totally agree!

      May 21, 2013 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Did it ever occur to you that there might be a reason why businesses, whose prime directive is to stay productive, might prefer to employ an immigrant, preferrably legally, to somebody else who is an "American" (whatever that is")? Perhaps the fact that someone wants to be paid $25 bucks/hour to work as a carpenter just because his name is John Smith instead of Jose Perez and has baby blue eyes?? Perhaps John Smith can hardly write two properly spelled paragraphs in his native tongue, while Jose Perez is bilingual and got tired of running multiple framing crews for a few pesos a day back home...

      May 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • SnottyNozeBratt

        Why didn't the Jose's fix "back home? What is fundamentally wrong with those cultures that their people have to leave their homes?

        Its what is fundamentally wrong with areas in town where the crime rate is sky high, drugs and dealing pervail and no one wants to be caught there even during daylight.

        May 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. James

    Hell, I'll take a Hispanic over Muslim's any day. They give you a fair days work, family oriented and don't spend all their time hating Americans and praying on their knees umpteen times a day-

    May 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brittany

      That is beyond ignorant. Anyone that stereotypes any race or ethnicity in that way is a disgrace.

      May 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Thank you, you must have had a few true hispanics (not americanized barrio babies) on a crew.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ScepticStill

    ".....Already, more than half of American babies being born belong to racial and ethnic groups traditionally thought of as "minorities" – which means it could soon be time to toss that word out completely...."

    why toss the word? if white becomes a minority why not call it thus

    May 18, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      I think the reason they're saying the words "majority" and "minority" will lose meaning is because it isn't just a matter of number of people that cause equality or inequality in our society. Women make up slightly more than half the population, but still tend to make less money. I live in an area of the country where whites are less than 50% of the population, but are still the majority in positions of authority or power. Numbers alone cannot bring groups to equality, that's going to take all of us working to make the world what we want it to be. (To stave off the inevitable comment, Yes, I include the people impacted in who needs to work on making things better, life choices make a big difference)

      May 21, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  18. Truth Today

    A nation of minorities. Interesting politics. Now, we will see if most of the privileged believe that equal opportunity occurs for those who work really hard. I will be listening for those changing tunes so prevalent among the privileged.

    May 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. luvlar

    Now that they're getting ready to label affirmative action as illegal, it figures. How nice it would have been for my toddlers to grow up and get special privileges because of their race. No more I guess.

    May 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Pessimist

    These posts prove that diversity is a wonderful thing. Let's see, we have patriots, veterans, atheists, whites, blacks, native americans...all agreeing on nothing while posting their own opinion.

    (Heh, heh).

    May 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Brandon

    why because caucasians are no longer going to be the majority ?

    May 17, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  22. West

    HM3 your analogy works but you forget the hardware (real or made) you refer to needs direction to get anything done so you only helped make the point. That said it is interesting the minorities (non-white) keep talking about equal rights and equality but what they psuh for is preference and less equality for anyone that isn't like them

    May 17, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Nita

      Sounds like the American way huh?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  23. Native Americans First

    Native Americans were here first and some whites came, stole and deceived. Not a part of God but God allowed them to make their own bad choices.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Humberto

      The Supreme Court did not recognize them as human either.

      May 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Yessir44

    Great story Annalyn. When you lack publishing-worthy news or any journalistic insight, just stir up the pot with some worthless facts or a discussion about race. Easy formula. After all, it has been used to divide Americans for years and always gets a few raised eyebrows. What's your next story going to be about? Holocaust survivors? Immigration reform? How can you stay relevant???

    May 17, 2013 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Abu-rihana

      That is exactly what he meant.....black or white we are all from Almighty God, and there's no superiority among us except those that fear GOD..Quran.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  25. jackbnimbler

    What will happen to the oft-used phrase, "Women and minorities?" Will it stay the same, fade away, or exclude whites specifically?

    May 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  26. open minded

    Racism is in all races.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. rosethornne

    Not the people with a slightly higher percentage of epidermal melanin!!

    May 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ok

    So does that mean white kids can soon have "white" history month?
    Scholarship programs aimed at white low income children?

    May 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • art spacey

      Tell me, what would white history month look like? Frankly I hear people purpose it a lot but I'm not exactly sure what it would be. Just elaborate on what you think a white history month should look like if there was such a thing

      May 17, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Joesnuffy

        If things were actually equal, and historically accurate, any "(Insert ethnicity here) history month would read like the hollocost memorial. Humanity just all around fails. History is biased, very biased, so it would depend on who is celebrating the history. The first slave owner in the US was BLACK and set the legal precedent for 400 years of oppression, servitude, and torture, no mention of that during black history month. Or how about how Vikings (white people) obliterated other whites with such aggression that they changed the genetic composition of nations. Guess what, if you have caucasian ethnicity, you have a P chance that somewhere in your ancestry, a woman in your lineage was raped by a Viking. Once again, something you won't learn in your local "World History 101" high school class.

        May 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • donna

        White history month would have all he faces of every soldier who fought in the civil war for blacks to be able to have a Black History Month.

        May 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capitalism is murder

      White history month is already taught for 12 months...we don't deserve anymore, special treatment...we've had that for countless centuries.

      May 20, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      @ Donna. I hate to burst your bubble, but there were black solders on both sides.

      Also, The Civil War was never about Slavery. Lincoln wanted to deport former slaves back to Africa and is quoted as saying if he could have save the Union without freeing a single slave he would.

      The Civil War was an economic and States Rights war. Race was the way the "winning" side could feel righteous in their victory.

      May 26, 2013 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  29. Josie

    Actually white have been slowly loosing the "majority" for a while now. The "minorities" out number whites. Even in my small town in Kansas is shows how much we have changed in the last 15 years or so just by looking around and seeing who lives here verses who did when I moved here in 1997.

    May 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  30. GI Jon

    This article uses the census as proof well nationwide test scores show blacks at the bottom latinos barely above them then whites way ahead of them and asians at the very top so big Liz Im sure you think that's racist too funny how numbers could be racist

    May 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Different curriculums in the burbs, minorities set for failure! I know this from moving my family from the inner city to the burbs!! Your so brainwashed by your pathetic parents!!

      May 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      The town I grew up in is 80% black. The schools in the area are atrocious, rife with gang activity, and the students have very little yearning for an education or to even take care of the school property. Why? Because they know they aren't going to ever work and will simply live on government assistance all of their life just like their mama did and their grandmother and their aunties. They go to school for the free food and to socialize. Sorry, but it is a fact. In order to get a decent education and move on to college and then on to a career on which one can support a family, most of the white kids go to private school. The private schools aren't exclusively white, either, and are fairly cheap (cheaper than your average daycare), but you don't see too many black families taking advantage of it, yet they want to complain about how the white man is keeping them down and gripe about white flight. I do remember back in the mid 80's a black family (local doctor) was going to send their kids to one of the private schools in town and caught so much flack from the black community for "acting white" that they ended up not sending them and put them in a school over an hour away.

      May 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nita

        Stacey, you are ignorant. Using blanket statements to address such a big issue! Take a sociology class or 6 and learn about subcultures, poverty and the dynamics of the US culture! You are foolish and you aren't nearly as smart as you are ignorant!

        May 21, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Nita

      Actually, they are genius! If blacks and latinos attend schools with limited resources... How can they compete? I went to a school that had 45 kids in several classes and 8 decade old books. We didn't get home work because there wasn't enough books to take home. No after school programs, kids going to school on empty stomachs...take your blinders off! Then, we have to use addressees illegally to give our children the opportunity to go to a school that thrives. If you have a relative who lives in a favorable zone, you use it... But oif course, whites in neighborhoods doing well don't want your kid there. They prosecute parents who just want their kids to go to school where books are plentiful, resources are unlimited and the programs are beneficial!

      May 21, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  31. Byron

    And here come all the racist trolls... America has always been a diverse nation, and when you start mixing people of different cultures together, discrimination tends to be bred. It wasn't that long ago that people from different European countries immigrated here for a better life. Even then there was discrimination between different whites, between people from Ireland, England, Germany, Italy, and the whites who identified themselves as "native" Americans because their families had been in America for several generations and believed they were "true" Americans. This obviously changed over time.

    The world is way more connected than it ever was, and this kind of cultural and "ethnic" mixing is inevitable. There will always be people terrified of this, because they believe the little world they live in is all that there is and they are afraid of change. Personally, I think the more diverse the better society will become. Who cares if whites are in the minority? It doesn't change anything about our lives... except make us more open and understanding people. But god forbid that happens...(sarcasm) .

    May 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Unregistered

    Stop the crap about "minorities", whites are a small global minority, but have essentially created all of modern civilization. We won't give up while you flood white countries with millions of your kind. America has not always been "diverse". At one point 90% of the population was white and every single person who created the country was white. Of course, this is difficult for you to understand with your undeveloped brain.

    Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, but White Countries for everyone? Anti-Racist is code for Anti-White.

    May 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      correction, God created this country not whites.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • GI Jon

      Not quite God helped white people create the foundation of this country but all Americans who believe in the American dream and love this country good and bad make America the best country in the world

      May 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'rly

      Whats this God people speak of??? Science much? Besides there is no real proof of this god besides a out dated book. Hell i suppose unicorns are real too. I read it in a book!

      May 17, 2013 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Swannanoa72

      Friend, I don't know from where you come, but America was and will be the land of the free – not the land of the Whites. America was never a White Country – get your perceptions checked. This is a country which never belonged to Whites. It was wrest away from the Indians who lived here using force and violence. Everyone who came in here has contributed in building this country – yes, also including the slaves who used to work in the homes of us Whites (which is a shameful forgetful past).

      May 17, 2013 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • dylan

      The first person to die at the Boston massacre during the American revolution was an african american look it up. Africans fought and died for Americas independence.

      May 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • manas

      America was not a white dominant country, idiot. Do you not remember learning about how Native Americans were here before whites? or you never went to school?

      May 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TC

      Actually, America was never a "white country". The white folks were unwelcome intruders to the resident populations. You know, the ones they displaced and slaughtered.

      May 20, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Comen

        There was no "resident" population. They all invaded and slaughtered. Please come out of your racist fantasy.

        May 27, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  33. Big Shiz

    Since when was America only for whites? Your ancestors where immigrants just like the people your trying to bash. America would be a better place if we kicked out the racist intolerant bigots such as your self.

    May 16, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Unregistered

      Yeah, go ahead and get rid of the people who actually made the USA the first world nation that is today. By "racist, intolerant, bigots" you really mean all white people. Had the early immigrants been black, you can guarantee that this country would be in a similar state to Kenya or Zambia.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GI Jon

      I never said America was only for whites but without whites your black but would not have the opportunity that you have here instead you would be hiding from zebras and giraffes in Africa so you're welcome

      May 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pablo

        Lol, why the hell would anyone hide from a zebra or a giraffe? They're harmless and cute!

        May 24, 2013 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Glimgliree

      The United States has been a white nation from its founding. The people who created the United States (for themselves and their descendants, not the whole world), and from the moment of its founding it was always a white majority nation. Whites have much to lose and nothing to gain from giving up their status as the dominant majority. There is no reason that we should quietly accept our dispossession and disempowerment.

      June 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Big Shiz

    Good,change is good.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GI Jon

      No this will be the dumbing down of national test scores showing the world how weak diversity makes a nation

      May 16, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Unregistered

      "Big Shiz" Do you also think nature is racist for making blacks and mestizos have a much lower IQ? If you want more "diversity" (less white people) go move to any African country where you can live in happiness, assuming you survive past a few years.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • nope

        Sorry, I don't think it is a genetic thing. More of a cultural problem. Like minded people tend to stick together breeding more like minded people. I have seen plenty of stupid ignorant people of every race.

        May 17, 2013 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
      • crezba

        And the average IQ scores of Asian Americans are higher than those of White Americans. Since this is all "nature" per you (because of course it can't be socioeconomics at play), then I suppose you will happily admit that Asians are the superior race in terms of intelligience?

        May 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |