People of Color Expected To Be The Majority by Mid-Century

By Gary A. Johnson

According to the U.S. Census Bureau projections, the United States will be more racially and ethnically diverse, as well as much older, by mid-century (that’s 2050 for those of you who are numerically challenged).

The Census Bureau uses the term “minorities” throughout their official report. For purposes of this commentary, I will use the phrase “people of color” because I don’t like the term minorities. I understand the history and the context of the word, I just prefer to use another phrase. I feel the same way about the use of the words “African American.” I prefer to use the term “Black.”


By 2050, the “minority” population — everyone except for non-Hispanic, single-race whites — is projected to be 235.7 million out of a total U.S. population of 439 million. The nation is projected to reach the 400 million population milestone in 2039.

The non-Hispanic, single-race white population is projected to lose population in the 2030s and 2040s and comprise 46 percent of the total population in 2050, down from 66 percent in 2008.

Meanwhile, the Hispanic population is projected to nearly triple during the 2008-2050 period where nearly one in three U.S. residents would be Hispanic. The black population is projected to increase from 41.1 million, or 14 percent of the population in 2008, to 65.7 million, or 15 percent in 2050.

Among the remaining race groups, American Indians and Alaska Natives are projected to rise from 4.9 million to 8.6 million (or from 1.6 to 2 percent of the total population).

With a black man running for President, a global economy and immigration, it seems the nation is changing more rapidly than many experts anticipated.

Click here to read the U.S. Census Bureau Press Release.


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