The United States Census Bureau released a new report Thursday, confirming that the nation’s population is growing older – and whites are becoming outnumbered.
The new Census report compares statistics from the year 2000 to the year 2016, and confirms that the baby-boom generation is largely responsible for the fact that now the nation’s median age (where half of the population is younger than the other half) rose from 35.3 years in 2000, to 39.9 years in 2016.
In 2000, there were 35 million residents over age 65, but in 2016, that number jumped to 49.2 million. In turn, this will affect the number of people on tax-payer medicare and public assistance programs.
Additionally, and most notably, the report indicates that the United States is becoming more ethnically diverse, as white America is declining, and other race and ethnic groups are rapidly climbing.
In the “non-Hispanic white alone” group, deaths continue to exceed births. Just between 2015-2016 alone, this group saw a decrease of 163,300 nationwide, while all other ethnic groups experienced a natural increase, with more births than deaths.
The Census Bureau outlined examples of growth in various ethnic populations, just from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016:
- Those identifying as two or more races – grew by 3.0 percent, to 8.5 million
- Asian population – grew by 3.0 percent, to 21.4 million
- Hispanic population – grew by 2.0 percent, to 57.5 million
- Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander population – grew by 2.1 percent, to 1.5 million
- American Indian & Alaska Native – grew by 1.4 percent, to 6.7 million
- African-American or black – grew by 1.2 percent, to 46.8 million
- White population – grew by .5 percent, to 256.0 million
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