The U.S. population is getting older and more racially diverse, according to new estimates from the Census Bureau. The findings come out as a separate analysis finds that for the first time, white deaths exceeded births in a majority of states.
White people remain the majority in the U.S. — but in new data from the Census Bureau, non-Hispanic whites were the only group that didn’t grow from 2016 to 2017. Whites declined by .02 percent to a total of around 198 million people.
Among other racial groups, Asians were found to be growing at the fastest pace, 3.1 percent — and numbered 22.2 million in 2017.
The second-fastest-growing group: people who identify as two or more races. That group rose by 2.9 percent in 2017.
The Two or More Races Population
- Those who identify as two or more races made up the second-fastest growing race group (2.9 percent) in the nation. Their growth is due primarily to natural increase.
- The two or more races group had the youngest median age of any other race group at 20.4 years.
- California had the largest two or more races population (1.5 million) and Hawaii had the highest proportion (23.8 percent).