(WASHINGTON) — White people will stop making up a majority of Americans by the year 2043, new census data shows.
While whites will still be the largest racial group, no group will comprise over 50 percent of the population. By 2060, minority groups taken together will make up 57 percent of the country.
In previous data, these changes were expected to come sooner. But the Census Bureau says the economic downturn and lower immigration figures have muted the American birth rate.
The white population is now expected to peak in 2024, at which point it will slowly decrease. The Hispanic population, however, is expected to double between 2024 and 2060, to a total of 128.8 million people. Under those projections, nearly one in three U.S. residents would be Hispanic.
Also notable is the tipping point for people over the age of 65, which will outnumber those under 18 by the year 2056.
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