For a while we heard that by 2050 whites would be less than 50% of the population in the U.S. Today’s announcement that by 2042 less than 50% of the U.S. population will be white documents that demographic changes are happening even faster.
By 2050 the four major groups in the U.S. will remain the same (whites 46 percent , Hispanics 30 percent, blacks 15 percent, and Asians 9 percent) although the growth in the different segments will vary.
These data provide an opportunity to prepare for the future of our country. At the very least we all need to work together to make sure that all segments of the population are as healthy as possible so that each individual can lead a full and productive life.
After all... life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental to the American way...and of the three life is first. Clean air, clean water, safe food, and quality health care should be the first items on everyone’s agenda.
CNN.com offers a more detailed analysis of this Census Bureau announcement.