Birth Rates in the United States

FACT: 40% of kids in the Colorado today are born into a family whose culture is different from their provider’s.┬áIn the U.S. overall, the total minority population of people of Hispanic origin or of races other than white increased by 88 percent between 1980 and 2000 while the non-Hispanic white population grew by only 7.9 percent.

  • Future fertility and immigration may play major roles in the Nation’s growth. After 2011, the number of births each year is expected to exceed the highest annual number of births ever achieved in the United States.
  • Births in the United States will play a growing role in Hispanic and Asian population growth; as a result, a smaller proportion of both groups will be foreign-born in 2050 than is the case now. The non-Hispanic white population will increase more slowly than other racial and ethnic groups; whites will become a minority (47%) by 2050.
  • Results from the 2000 census indicated Hispanic-origin population was likely to contribute 32 percent of the Nation’s population growth from 1990 to 2000, 39 percent from 2000 to 2010, 45 percent from 2010 to 2030, and 60 percent from 2030 to 2050.
  • As the proportion of Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut and Hispanic-origin populations continue to increase, the non-Hispanic White population proportion will decrease. Non-Hispanic Whites, the slowest growing group, are likely to contribute less and less to the total population growth in this country – contributing nothing to population growth after 2030 because of its declining size.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division