Whites Lag in Population Growth, as Census Finds a More Colored America


According to an article in RT, the ‘white alone’ population in the US experienced a decrease between 2015 and 2016 while all other races saw an increase, according to newly-released census data.  The numbers also showed that the overall population of the US is getting older.

The Census Bureau released figures that found while all other groups experienced a natural increase (having more births than deaths) during the time period, the “non-Hispanic white alone’ group saw a natural decrease of 163,300.  Last summer, the Census Bureau reported a shift in America’s youngest population, as babies of color outnumbered non-Hispanic white babies.

NPR reports, Non-Hispanic whites remain the largest group of Americans at 198 million, the Census says, followed by Hispanics at 57.5 million and blacks or African-Americans, at 46.8 million.

The decrease left the ‘white alone’ population remaining at 198 million of the nation’s 325 million people.

Meanwhile, the country’s Asian population saw the biggest surge, growing by 3 percent to 21.4 Million.  Those who identified as being of two or more races also grew by 3 percent, to 8.5 million.

NPR breaks down the growth rate as follows:

  • The Asian population grew by 3.0 percent to 21.4 million.
  • People who identified as being of two or more races grew by 3.0 percent to 8.5 million.
  • The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population grew by 2.1 percent to 1.5 million.
  • The Hispanic population (including all races) grew by 2.0 percent to 57.5 million.
  • The American Indian and Alaska Native population grew by 1.4 percent to 6.7 million.
  • The black or African-American population grew by 1.2 percent to 46.8 million.
  • The white population grew by 0.5 percent to 256.0 million.
  • The non-Hispanic white alone population grew by 5,000 people, remaining at 198.0 million.

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