Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Census Data Reflect Youth Diversity

Young people in the United States continue to grow in diversity – especially when compared against older generations – according to newly released Census data.

Notably, in some states there are wide gaps between the demographics of young people and older Americans. Those gaps can sometimes cause tensions. Some of those gaps can be attributed to immigration. However, most of the growth in the Hispanic population can now be attributed to U.S. births.

According to the new data, only 52.4 percent of Americans under age 18 are white. Hispanics made up 17.1 percent of the total U.S. population in 2013.

The Wall Street Journal noted that while 82 percent of residents 65 and older were white, just 41 percent of residents under 15 years old were white. Large gaps between the age groups were also noted in states that are heavily Latino such as Texas, California, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

“What we are seeing here is just the tip of the iceberg as white baby boomers continue to retire and whites make up ever smaller shares of the child-bearing population,” William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, told The Wall Street Journal. “It suggests that even greater priority should be given to providing these young minorities education opportunities and other resources to be successful as members of the labor force.”