(NEW YORK) -- Minorities are moving closer to making up the majority of the U.S. population.
According to new figures from the Census Bureau, last year, 49.9 percent of American children younger than 5 years old were not white.
The growth can be attributed to a rise in both the Asian and Hispanic population.
"Asians were the fastest-growing group in the last year in terms of percent change. Hispanics on the other hand experienced the most growth in terms of raw numbers and are still the largest group second only to the number of people in the non-Hispanic white alone group," says Ben Bolender of the Census Bureau.
In 2012, Bolender says, the Asian population grew by 2.9 percent to 18.9 million. The number of Hispanics, meanwhile, increased by 1.1 million to 53 million.
"Well over half of the Asian population growth -- about 60 percent -- came from net movement to the U.S. from other countries, whereas the Hispanic growth was primarily from births and deaths at about 76 percent," he adds.
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