Minority Babies May Overtake White Babies in Next Census: AP

Minority Babies May Overtake White Babies in Next Census: AP

This year, more babies could be born to minorities than whites in the United States, reports the Associated Press.

It's part of the historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years, according to demographers.

"Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century," said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends in a paper released Wednesday. "For America's children, the future is now."

He says immigration has boosted the overall number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. Hispanic women also tend to have more children than any other race.

According to the AP report:

* Minorities made up 48 percent of U.S. children born in 2008, the latest census estimates available, compared to 37 percent in 1990.

* Broken down by race, about 52 percent of babies born in 2008 were white, compared to about 25 percent who were Hispanic, 15 percent who were black and 4 percent who were Asian. Another 4 percent were identified by their parents as multiracial.

* Whites currently make up two-thirds of the total U.S. population, and recent census estimates suggest minorities will overtake whites in numbers by 2050.

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