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.
Original data from 2011 showed that white babies were in the minority, but those figures were revised in 2013 to show that the white infants were still the majority. But the new information released Thursday shows that the original figures were in fact correct, and minority births outpaced white ones.
While whites are expected to become the minority in the U.S. population in the coming decades — estimates run from 2044 to 2055 — it has been difficult to predict exactly when the shift will come. Fertility rates are impacted by a number of factors, including the health of the economy, and immigration flows can also be unpredictable.
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