The agency estimates that an increase in Latino births and interracial marriages have led to greater numbers of Latinos as well as a 2% growth in the numbers of racial minorities. Along with blacks Latinos now account for at least 35% of the total U.S. populace while the white/Anglo population have leveled off. Hence, Latinos along with blacks could both make up a racial “supermajority” nationwide by the middle of this century.
The Census estimates also show a growing age divide not only as baby boomers continue to age but also as the growing Latino populace tends to be younger. Thus, some areas in the U.S. may soon be demographically transforming into the example set by Georgia’s Gwinnett County:
In 2000, Gwinnett’s population was 67.3 percent white and 32.7 percent minority. Since then, the black and Hispanic populations of the county have more than doubled.Whether this growth in Latino population also translates into an increase in the group’s political and economic clout remains to be seen. Odds are it will and those in power should take notice.
That’s no shock to Lisa Neidert, a senior research associate the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. She said Gwinnett, with its booming population, was bound to join the more than 300 counties in the U.S. that are now minority majority.
“If you’re in an area of the county that’s growing you’re going to be a minority majority,” said Neidert. “Gwinnett is just reflecting what’s happening nationwide.”
Image- USA TODAY (“Minorities, such as Hispanic twins Michelle, left, and Melanie Pisqui-Beltran, 5, and mom Gina Beltran in Washington, made up more than half the population in 317 counties, four states and D.C., according to Census estimates July 1, 2009.”)
Online Sources- Los Angeles Times, star-telegram.com, AJC.com, AP, Latina Lista