White Anglo-Saxon Protestant zealots of the US are aghast. For a new study reveals their tribe could become a minority in the near future, by 2050.
Not to worry too much though. For whites could still remain a majority, if they deign to see the Latinos as being of their own stock. That is of course only some cold comfort for the Christian fundamentalists who have gained a lot of mileage under the Bush regime.
But then it is the immigrants and their children who are seen as engine of population growth.
The US population will grow to 438 million in 2050 from 296 million in 2005 if current population trends continue, the Pew Research Center study found. Non-Hispanic whites would account for 47 per cent of the total in 2050, it said Monday.
By that time, one in every five Americans will be a foreign-born immigrant, compared to one in eight in 2005. "Of the 117 million people added to the population in this period due to the effect of new immigration, 67 million will be the immigrants themselves and 50 million will be their US-born children or grandchildren," the study said.
While the white population, with its lower fertility rate, ages, the Latino population, the nation's largest minority, will triple in size. Latinos will be responsible for 60 per cent of the population growth until 2050. They will account for 29 per cent of the population, or 128 million in 2050, up from 14 per cent now, the study said.
"The number of whites will increase, but only by 4 per cent," said D'Vera Cohn, one of the report's authors. The Asian population will almost double in percentage terms, from 5 to 9 per cent, while blacks will remain around 13 per cent of the total, the report said.
At the same time, the elderly population will more than double as the baby boom generation retires. The number of children and working-age people will grow more slowly. Almost half of the new immigrants arriving the country will be from Latin American countries, said the other author of the study, Jeffrey S. Passel from the Pew Hispanic Center.