Pew Research: Minority Becomes Majority In 109 U.S. Counties

The racial demographic is shifting rapidly in the United States, as approximately 109 counties across the country have become majority-minority in less than 20 years, new data reveals.

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, the non-Hispanic white population has dropped below 50 percent between 2009 and 2018 across 109 U.S. counties in 22 states. Hispanic, Asian and black-Americans now comprise most of the population in the previous predominantly white regions.

There are few non-white counties within the interior of the U.S, but minorities are quickly becoming the majority in the country’s most densely populated counties, constituting 21 of the 25 highest populated counties.

Minorities currently make up the majority of the population in 293 U.S. counties in California and eastern, southern states – Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia. The white population is less than 52 percent in all of these counties. The Hispanic population in California grew significantly, while black populations are rising in the South as many of them relocated to cities in other parts of the country.

Hispanics are annually adding an estimated nine residents to the Texas population every year for every one white resident, according to U.S. Census Data.   

Last year, the white resident population of Texas grew by only about 24,000, while in 2018, the Hispanic population in the U.S. hit an all-time record high of nearly 60 million, Breitbart News reports.

Pew Research Center projects minorities will comprise the majority of the population in Fairfax County, Virginia; Cobb County, Georgia; Pima County, Arizona; and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin over the next decade.  

West Feliciana Parish in Louisiana and Calhoun County in South Carolina shifted from minority white to majority white between 2000 and 2018.

“As the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity grows, whites remain the single largest racial or ethnic group in the U.S. when looking at the country as a whole, accounting for 60% of all Americans,” Pew noted. “The future racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. has been a subject of debate, due in part to the growing number of Americans with varied backgrounds — and how these Americans identify themselves.”

Pew examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau, inspecting all counties with a minimum population of 10,000 in 2018, which encompass 99 percent of the population.

The entire U.S. will become majority non-white by 2045, according to numerous studies.

“Next year,the entire under-18 population will be majority non-white, according to William Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer and author of “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America,” Axios reports.

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