Thursday, May 14, 2009

Diversity

It's news like this that makes me regret goofing off in Spanish class.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday that the minority population reached an estimated 104.6 million - or 34% of the nation's total population - on July 1, 2008, compared to 31% when the Census was taken in 2000. Nearly one in six residents, or 46.9 million people, are Hispanic, the agency reported.

Even more telling for the future: 44% of children under age 18 and 47% of children under the age of five are now from minority families.
My wife and oldest son have taken French classes; my youngest son is also signed up for French. That should help.

2 comments:

Teresa Jobe said...

Is this taking into consideration that their numbers are AFTER the White House took over the Census?

Dave Ribar said...

Teresa:

Thanks for your comment. The figures come from a report by the Census Bureau that is done every year at this time. The methodology for producing the numbers has not changed.

If you you want to compare, here is last year's release, which has similar percentages (minority 34%, Hispanic 15%, etc.).