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Minorities 38% of U.S. Population

According  to the US Census, reported by Marketing Charts, the US minority population (all groups other than non-Hispanic single-race whites) climbed to almost 123.5 million people, accounting for 38.4% of the total population.

Asian-Americans were the fastest-growing minority group in the US last year, says the report, marking the fourth consecutive year in which their population growth has outpaced that of Hispanic Americans. The Asian-Americans’ population growth rate of 3.4% was larger than the rate of increase in 2014 and 2013, reaching 21 million as of July 2015.

The Hispanic population grew by a relatively smaller 2.2% (slightly above the previous year’s growth rate), but to a much larger 56.6 million. As such, Hispanics accounted for 17.6% of the population as of July 2015.

Population Growth Rate
Race or Ethnic Group

Growth Rate (%; 2014-2015)

Segment Size (MM; 7/15)

Asian Americans

3.4%

21 Million

Hispanic

2.2

56.6

African American

1.3

46.3

American Indians/Alaska Natives

1.5

6.6

Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific

2.4

1.5

Source: US Census Bureau, July 2015

By contrast, the non-Hispanic white-alone population grew by just 0.1%, totaling 198 million. That population is much older than the minority population; the median age of the non-Hispanic white-alone population was 43.3 years, while it was 28.8 for the Hispanic population and under 35 for all non-Hispanic races save non-Hispanic Asians (36.5).

Minorities Share of the US Population
Age Group

% of Minority Group

< 5

50.3

5-13

48.7

14-17

46.1

18-24

45.4

25-44

42.8

45-64

31.7

65+

22.2

Source: US Census Bureau, July 2015

The relative youth of the minority population means that 50.3% of children under 5 belong to a minority group. Looking at various age groups, the data indicates that:

  • 48.5% of Americans under the age of 18 are minorities (any group other than non-Hispanic single-race whites), as are 49% of Americans born since 2000
  • Minorities represent 46.1% of 14-17-year-olds
  • Minorities comprise 45.4% of the 18-24 bracket
  • 42.8% of Americans aged 25-44 belong to a group other than non-Hispanic whites
  • 31.7% of Americans aged 45-64 are minorities
  • 22.2% Americans aged 65+ and 18.5% 85+ are minorities

Source: US Census Bureau, July 2015

From MediaPost.

U.S. becoming more diverse CNN Money

This was from CNN Money in 2009. In 2015, it’s 38% with 50.3% of children under 5 belong to a minority group.

 

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