The official projection, released today by the Census Bureau, now places the tipping point for the white majority a year later than previous estimates, which were made before the impact of the recent economic downturn was fully known.

America continues to grow and become more diverse due to higher birth rates among minorities, particularly for Hispanics who entered the U.S. at the height of the immigration boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

‘The fast-growing demographic today is now the children of immigrants,’ said Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, a global expert on immigration and dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, describing the rate of minority growth in the U.S. as dipping from ‘overdrive’ to ‘drive.’

‘Moving forward, the U.S. will become the first major post-industrial society in the world where minorities will be the majority,’ Suarez-Orozco said. 

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