Posted on June 24, 2016

Minority Babies Outnumber Whites Among US Infants

Teresa Welsh, McClatchyDC, June 23, 2016

White babies are now outnumbered by minority babies, according to new population estimates from the Census Bureau.

In 2015, racial and ethnic minorities made up 50.2 percent of babies under a year old. That year, there were 1,995,102 minority babies born, just slightly more than the 1,982,936 white babies born.

The 2015 data was released Thursday, as was updated data for previous years. These new figures show that in 2013, minority babies also outnumbered non-Hispanic white babies by about 1,000 births. In 2014, white babies were outnumbered by about 16,000.


Census bureau data, like the birthrate figures released Thursday, indicate that the shift from a majority white nation to one with no majority racial or ethnic group is starting with the youngest age groups in the country. In 2015, 50.3 percent of children younger than 5 were minorities.