The US Census Bureau released new data on Thursday showing white population dropped for the first time on record and significant increases among the population of Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial.
“The US population is much more multiracial and much more racially and ethnically diverse than what we have measured in the past,” said Nicholas Jones, a Census Bureau official.
The white population was 223.6 million in 2010 and it declined to 204.3 million in 2020, a decrease of 8.6%.
The white population remains the largest race or ethnic group in the country.
The U.S. population is now 57.8% white, 18.7% Hispanic, 12.4% Black, and 6% Asian.
The Census Bureau said that its once-a-decade headcount showed 331.4 million people living in the U.S. last year have increased just 7.4% since 2010. It was the slowest growth in any decade since the census was started in 1790.
The Associated Press wrote that these numbers are significant because it “could help determine control of the House in the 2022 elections and provide an electoral edge for years to come. The data will also shape how $1.5 trillion in annual federal spending is distributed.”
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