EL PASO, Texas—Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday, a trend driven by a surging number of Latinos moving to the state.
According to the population estimates based on the 2000 Census, about 50.2 percent of Texans are now minorities. In the 2000 Census, minorities made up about 47 percent of the population in the second-largest state.
Texas joins California, New Mexico and Hawaii as states with majority-minority populations—with Latinos the largest group in every state but Hawaii, where it is Asian-Americans.
Five other states—Maryland, Mississippi, Georgia, New York and Arizona—aren’t far behind, with about 40 percent minorities.
The nation should be more than half minorities by 2050, said Steve Murdock, a demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
“If you look in the 1990s, in every one of the 50 states, non-Anglo Latino populations grew faster than Anglo populations,” Murdock said. “It’s a very pervasive pattern.”