White people in America are dying off at a faster rate than they are being born
For the first time in U.S. history, more white people died than were born in 2016
Data indicates white people could be a minority sooner than previously thought
By VALERIE BAUMAN
20 June 2018
More white people died than were born in 26 states in the U.S. in 2016 – a first in American history that indicates white people could be edging toward becoming a minority sooner than previously thought, according to a new analysis of U. S. Census data.
The numbers are significant compared to 2004 when white deaths exceeded births in just four states, or even just two years earlier in 2014 when the shift occurred in 17 states.
White deaths have also surpassed white births nationwide for the first time ever in 2016, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
“We were really surprised,’ said Rogelio Saenz, co-author of the analysis and dean of the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
‘It seems that (white people) going under the 50 percent (of the population) mark might be happening a few years earlier than projected,’ he added.
‘When births fail to keep pace with deaths, a region is said to have a “natural decrease” in population, which can only be offset by migration gains,’ according to the new report by The Applied Population Laboratory that analyzed the national data. ‘The growing incidence of this white natural decrease has important implications for the nation’s demographic future. America is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse.’
Whites accounted for nearly 78 percent of all deaths in America in 2016 – but only 53 percent of births.
By comparison, there has been a ‘substantial’ increase in Latino births over deaths – and that coupled with immigration trends have ‘contributed enormously’ to the changing demographics in the U.S., according to the report, which looks at trends during the period from 1999-2016.