America’s White Population Shrank for First Time in US History, Census Data Show

The 2020 census results show the total white population shrank for the first time in U.S. history, according to data released by the Census Bureau on Thursday. The share of the white population fell from 63.7 percent in 2010 to 57.8 percent a decade later, the data shows. In California, Hispanics became the largest racial or ethnic group, growing to 39.4 percent from 37.6 percent over the previous decade, while the white population dropped from 40.1 percent to 34.7 percent. At the same time, there were significant increases among people who identify as multi-racial, Hispanic, and Asian, driving much of the population growth between the decade. People who identify as multi-racial increased by 276 percent, from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020. The largest gains were among Hispanics, who now make up 18.7 percent of the population in 2020, the data shows. Overall, the U.S. population grew …

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