America continues to get older, young people not growing like retirees
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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.
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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