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U.S. Census Bureau Report: White Children Soon Will No Longer Be the Majority
Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:55 AM

The population is becoming increasingly diverse nationwide, according to a new report released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, white, non-Hispanic youth will no longer make up the majority by 2018 or 2019, when today's minority ethnic groups will begin to account for at least 50 percent of the under-18 crowd.

White people still make up about 63 percent of the entire U.S., but by 2041, they are projected to fall below the 50 percent mark. In fact, by the time today's kids grow up, everyone in the working-age population will be a member of a demographic group that falls short of the 50 percent line.

"Our nation has had higher immigration rates in the past, particularly during the great waves of the late 19th and early 20th centuries," Thomas Mesenbourg, Census Bureau senior adviser, said in a written statement. "This projected milestone reflects the mix of our nation's declining fertility rates, the aging of the baby boomer population and continued immigration."

Though births have historically been the main driver of population growth, international migration will eventually surpass births as the main catalyst by 2050. 

It's a good reminder for credit unions to make sure they are preparing for the new population mix. If you are unsure how to get started, the Texas Credit Union League has developed the Juntos Avanzamos program with plenty of tools and resources to help credit unions be prepared to serve the growing Hispanic population.

Visit http://www.tcul.coop/juntos_avanzamos.html to learn more.

Click here to read the full Census Bureau report.