(WASHINGTON) -- New census figures suggest children of minority descent could reflect the face of America's future.
For the first time ever, non-white Americans, Latino, African-American, and Asian American outnumber white children.
"The idea where we had a white, middle-class population that we talked about in the 1950s and 1960s, that's disappearing," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institute.
The new generation is still in the cradle, but as the infants grow up America will start to look very different.
Already, the trend lines are becoming clearer: Older Americans are whiter. Younger Americans are more non-white.
Most of the change is being driven by a surging Latino population with a much higher birth rate than any other ethnic group. It is further bolstered by legal immigration.
In fact, according to the Census Bureau, more than half of the growth in the U.S. population between 2000 and 2010 was because of growth in the Hispanic population. Between 2000 and 2010 the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent while the non-Hispanic population grew only 5 percent.
Latinos have already passed African Americans as America's largest minority. Latino Americans now number close to 50 million people compared to 38 million African Americans.
Whites remain a majority. About 223 million people in the United States reported they are white, which accounts for 72 percent of all people living in the United States.
A March 2011 study in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry journal about multiracial children pointed out that two million American children have parents of different races, making them one of the fastest growing segments in America.
The implications of this evolving America are poised to touch everything from politics, where Hispanic voters wield increasing power, to education.
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