Look for lots of change to come in America. According to just released projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, the American population will be more diverse in the near future. And judging by the projections of the nation’s population by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, which cover the 2012 through 2060 period, whites will no longer be the majority.
A U.S. Census Bureau press release states that the U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time in 2043. While the non-Hispanic white population will remain the largest single group, no group will make up a majority.
According to the Census data, the non-Hispanic white population is projected to decrease, falling by nearly 20.6 million from 2024 to 2060. The Hispanic population, on the other hand, will more than double, from 53.3 million in 2012 to 128.8 million in 2060. Nearly one in three U.S. residents, by that period, would be Hispanic. The black population is expected to increase from 41.2 million to 61.8 million with its share of the total population rising slightly, from 13.1 percent in 2012 to 14.7 percent in 2060. Like the Hispanic population, the Asian population in the United States is expected to more than double, from 15.9 million in 2012 to 34.4 million in 2060. American Indians and Alaska Natives would increase by more than half from now to 2060, from 3.9 million to 6.3 million. And Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations is projected to nearly double, from 706,000 to 1.4 million.
“All in all, minorities, now 37 percent of the U.S. population, are projected to comprise 57 percent of the population in 2060. “By 2060, multiracial people are projected to more than triple, from 7.5 million to 26.7 million — rising even faster and rendering notions of race labels increasingly irrelevant, experts say, if lingering stigma over being mixed-race can fully fade,” reports The Grio.
This dramatic shift in demographics will surely change how America operates on all levels—from educational to juridical. The landscape of the United States will, just by sheer numbers, be more inclusive.