As the Census Bureau is to unveil the racial breakdowns of the 2020 Census later this week, its report is expected to show that the number of white Americans has declined for the first time in the history of the United States.
The preliminary data in question has been seen by The Washington Post, one of the leading leftism mouthpieces in the country, ahead of the report’s release date on August 12.
Stark decline of non-Hispanic whites
The newspaper notes that for the past five years, the US Census Bureau’s estimates have been that the number of white people in America is shrinking while the entire population growth is attributed to minorities.
It cites Brookings Institution demographer William Frey as saying that America “is changing dramatically” and that in 20 years nobody would have believed that “this was going to be the case.”
He pointed out that the decline of the white population has been accelerated after the 2008 Great Recession by the fact that millennials’ birthrates have been lower than expected, and by the opioid pandemic.
In 2019, non-Hispanic whites accounted for some 60% of the US population.
When Hispanic whites are also counted in, the share of white people grows to more than 76%.
At the same time, Hispanics of all backgrounds have made the biggest gains, reaching nearly 20% of the population.
They were responsible for half of America’s population growth since 2011, and have doubled their share in the past 30 years.
So have Asian Americans, whose share is expected to be around 6% of the total US population.
The share of black people has remained steady at about 12.5% of the total.
Frey is further quoted as saying that by 2045, the United States will no longer have a white majority as the share of whites will drop below 50%, and the shares of Hispanics and Asians will keep growing.
The demographer also stresses that the suburbs, which used to be predominantly white, are now “diversified”, with more minorities now living in them than in the nation’s cities.
Slowest growth ever
With only 1.2 million “new” people added in 2020, the United States saw its smallest population growth ever in 2020.
A study by Oxford Economics estimated that America’s population is going to grow by only 0.2% in 2021, but will be growing more steadily as of 2022.
While the population of northern states has suffered major declines, the bulk of the population increase in recent years has come from southern and western states.
As the changes in population automatically lead to modifications of the states’ representation in the US House of Representatives, they have a clear political impact.
Thus, back in April, the US Census Bureau announced that a total of seven states, including California and New York, are going to lose one congressional district each based on the new count.
Thus, New York will drop to only 26 seats in the House, while California’s will be reduced for the first time in history, to 52.
Texas and Florida, on the other hand, are going to receive 1-2 more seats each as are other states in the Sun Belt.