In one-third of the United States, the white population is dying off at a greater rate than white births are occurring. White “natural decrease” now affects upwards of 17 states in both urban and rural areas of the country, a dramatic increase from only four states affected in 2004.
According to research released Tuesday by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, 38% of America’s population is now on the decrease. Many causes are attributed to this trend, not the least of which is a growing younger immigrant population, what many in the recent election cycle categorized as a critical mass of altered demographics.
“What government and politicians need to pay attention to is that it’s the younger part of the population that’s going to be contributing to the economy,” said Bill Frey, demographer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “All of the growth in the labor force is going to be racial minorities.”
Within the white population, the trend is expected to escalate rather than to decline in coming years and, the report states, “is due largely to the aging of the baby-boom generation and declining white fertility rates, particularly since the Great Recession.”
The study also highlighted a quadrupling of states wherein drug-related deaths among working-class whites surpassed automobile accident-related deaths.
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