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Census: Children of Color Will Be Majority by 2020

The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 childrenswear collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in New York. /AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 childrenswear collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in New York. /AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The future looks bright — and for the first time in U.S. history, surprisingly diverse.

By 2020, “more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group,” according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“This proportion is expected to continue to grow so that by 2060, just 36 percent of all children (people under age 18) will be single-race non-Hispanic white, compared with 52 percent today,” the bureau said in its report, “Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060.”

The report notes that the U.S. population as a whole is expected to follow a similar trend, with the entire nation being”majority-minority” by 2044. “The minority population is projected to rise to 56 percent of the total in 2060, compared with 38 percent in 2014,” according to the report.

Meanwhile, the population of white children and families is on a decline. An analysis from the report projects that by 2060, just  32 percent of U.S. minors will be white — compared to 52 percent today. — and roughly 29 years from now, the entire white population of the United States is expected to fall below the 50 percent threshold. The report credits the influx of immigration and foreign families arriving in the U.S. as the main reason for these population shifts.

To read the full report, click HERE.