America continues to get older, young people not growing like retirees
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/1/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The number of non-Hispanic white deaths in 2013 was higher than the number of non-Hispanic white births for the second year in a row, signifying an increasingly older and more diverse American citizenry.
New census data shows that the over 65 age group is growing faster than the group of Americans under 65.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This trend, reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, is likely to continue for a while, heralding an increasing population of traditional minority groups. The total non-Hispanic white population in the U.S. in 2013 is 62.6%, down 63% in 2012.
"As we move forward we're probably going to continue to have a natural decrease of whites because it's an older population and eventually, maybe in 10 years or so, we'll have a decline in the white population, said William Frey, a demographer and senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "That's a scenario I think we'll see for a while."
The Census Bureau reported previously that the U.S. will develop into a majority-minority country for the first time in 2043, meaning that the total number of black, Asian, Hispanic and other minority populations will outweigh the non-Hispanic white population, though non-Hispanic whites will still make up the largest single demographic group.
America will also grow older each year, following a surge of retiring-age Americans in 2013, and a much slower growth of younger generations. The median age in the U.S. as a whole edged up to 37.6 last year, from 37.5 in 2012. Americans over 64 grew 3.6% to 44.7 million in 2013, while those younger than 65 grew by only 0.3% in that same time span.
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