Births of minority babies on the rise

- WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC 4 News) – The U.S. Census Bureau released a set of estimates Thursday showing 50.4 percent of our nation's population younger than age one were minorities as of July 1, 2011.

This is up from 49.5 percent from the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010. A minority is anyone who is not single-race white and not Hispanic.

The population younger than age 5 was 49.7 percent minority in 2011, up from 49.0 percent in 2010. A population greater than 50 percent minority is considered “majority-minority.”

“We had seen this trend heading in that direction over the last decade,” Alexa Jones-Puthoff, with the U.S. Census Bureau said.

In 2010, minority babies made up about 22 percent of births. Hispanics are the state’s fastest growing population.

“This is a watershed moment for our country and for the Latino community,” Liany Arroy, with La Raza, said.

The nation’s diversity has big implications on education, economics and politics.

“For the Latino community, if there is power in numbers as we always say, then we know our population is growing and we have an opportunity to turn that in to political and civil power as these children age,” Arroyo added.

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