For the first time in US history, the white population is decreasing. Here are the main reasons why.
- The white population is the oldest population in the USA.
- White women are more likely to be childless than women of other races.
- Whites going to college are more likely to put off marriage.
- The recession has caused some couples to rethink having children (or as many).
For the first time ever more white people died in the United States than were born last year.
This natural decrease in the white population has never happened before in American history. Even through the Great Depression and various U.S. wars, there’s never been such drop-off among non-Hispanic whites. According to census numbers, there was a decrease of 12,400 people out of the 198 million non-Hispanic whites in the country last year. That figure is based purely on a straightforward calculation of births minus deaths. While it’s true that the percentage of the drop is relatively small, demographers are nonetheless surprised.
None of the other racial groups experienced this natural decrease, so why is the population of white Americans on the decline? It seems that there are a number of factors that have been occurring in recent years. As the Post notes, whites are by far the oldest racial group—with a median age of 42, compared to just under 32 for African Americans and under 28 for Hispanics. Secondly, white women are more likely to be childless than other racial or ethnic groups—not to mention that college-educated women of all races have been delaying marriage and motherhood for years. And lastly, the recession’s woes have caused many couples to become more reluctant to have children.