WASHINGTON - A surge in Hispanics and Asians is set to dramatically change the face of the United States over the next 50 years, with no one ethnic group the majority, according to US figures that depict an aging nation with slower population growth.
By 2060, non-whites will make up 57 percent of the US population, more than doubling from 116.2 million in 2012 to 241.3 million, according to projections by the US Census Bureau released on Wednesday. Racial minorities are now 37 percent of the population, it said.
The shift will largely be fueled by minority births that continue to outpace those of whites, the agency said, based on data from the 2010 Census.
Nearly one in three US residents will be Hispanic by 2060, up from one in six now, it said. The Asian population is also expected to more than double over the next five decades.
The United States has been on a steady path to greater racial diversity, and experts have predicted for years that minorities would be the "majority" before 2050. The Census Bureau on Wednesday projected that would happen in 2043.