The U.S. Census report is out and outlines the shifting trends in U.S. demographics. Particularly, that America has become more diverse ethnically than ever before.
One of the outlines in the U.S. Census report highlights that the Millennial generation is outweighing all others in the U.S. Between 1982 and 2000, 83.1 million U.S. citizens were born.
By comparison, the baby boomer generation currently counts 75.4 million American citizens. Those who are part of the baby boom generation were born between 1946 and 1964.
Matthew Snipp, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University stated:
“In a sense, 2015 marks the demographic passing of the baby boom generation and it will continue to be an even smaller part of the total U.S. population until it disappears altogether later this century”.
One specific trait of the Millennial generation is that it is increasingly diverse. 44.2 percent of the millennials fall under different categories than “white”.
At the same time, 50.2 percent of the youngest American generation that is now five years old or below are reported to come from a minority ethnic group. This trend is indicative of the first majority-minority generation shaping up in the U.S.
While the upcoming generation that is now 5 years of age or less is a majority-minority mix, the white U.S. population is reached the highest median of 43 years old.
New Jersey mirrors these trends perfectly. The population of New Jersey is 64 percent Latino, below 40 years of age and the majority of the millennials here are part of minority groups.
The majority-minority lead is prevalent in a number of states, including Hawaii where 77 percent of the population is formed by minority groups, California with 61.5 percent, New Mexico with 61.1 percent, as well as Texas with 56.6 percent.
Moreover, thirteen states are reported to showcase a minority-majority lead in the population under 20 years of age. In the 2000 U.S. Census report, only five states were reported to fall under the same trend.
None of the thirteen states saw the white population under 20 years of age increase. Nationwide, the percentage of white population under 20 is calculated at 52.2 percent.
The state that can boast the youngest population is Utah. Here, the median age is set at 30.5. Also, the highest birth rate across the U.S. is boasted by Utah, at 17.6 percent.
By comparison, Maine is the second state with the oldest population. This resulted from young U.S. citizens moving to sunnier climates or in search of a job.
The Latino population in the U.S. has experienced the highest overall increase. This trend could have a major impact on how U.S. politics is conducted as Nevada and Florida, two states which are key players in the upcoming 2016 elections also saw a clear increase in their Latino populations.
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