WASHINGTON—The U.S. population is on target to hit 300 million this fall and it’s a good bet the milestone baby—or immigrant—will be Hispanic.
No one will know for sure because the date and time will be just an estimate.
But Latinos—immigrants and those born in this country—are driving the population growth, accounting for almost half the increase last year, more than any other ethnic or racial group.
White non-Hispanics, who make up about two-thirds of the population, accounted for less than one-fifth of the increase.
In 1967, there were fewer than 10 million people in the U.S. who were born in other countries; that was not even one in 20.
Today, there are 36 million immigrants, about one in eight.
The 300 millionth person in the U.S. will likely be born—or cross the border—in October, though bureau officials are wary of committing to a particular month because of the subjective nature of the clock.