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Census data points to US becoming a nation of minorities

Published on Dec 13, 2012 5:59 AM
People crowd the first floor of Macy's department store as they open at midnight (0500 GMT) on Nov 23, 2012 in New York to start the stores' Black Friday shopping weekend. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will become a nation of minorities in 2043 when whites will cease to make up a majority of the population, the US Census Bureau said on Wednesday.

In its first set of projections based on the 2010 census, the federal agency said the non-Hispanic white population is expected to peak in 2024 at 199.6 million in 2024 and then slowly decrease.

Other racial and ethnic groups will meanwhile keep growing.

Hispanics will double in numbers to 128.8 million in 2060, or nearly one in three US residents, as will Asians, to 34.4 million or 8.2 percent of the projected total population of 420.3 million.

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