The number of people of colour in the U.S. is increasing, likely indicating that the future might hold a non-white majority in its population, according to the 2020 Census redistricting data.
The data displayed the growing racial and ethnic diversity in the US. It claimed that it is more than it has ever witnessed before. The ones who identify as more than one race increased by 276%, from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020. The White population, however, decreased by 8.6%; it is still a majority though. While the Latino population grew 23%, the Asian population grew 35.5% and the African American population 5.6%.
“As the country has grown, we have continued to evolve in how we measure the race and ethnicity of the people who live here,” said Nicholas Jones, the bureau’s director and senior adviser for race and ethnicity research, in a statement. “The U.S. population is much more multiracial and more diverse than what we measured in the past,” he added.
The bureau also reported significant nonresponse rates for some questions, forcing officials to rely on “educated guesses.”
Brookings Institution demographer William Frey said the Bureau has gone all out ensuring the data is accurate, including delaying Thursday’s data drop. While the trend is consistent, local officials and researchers will refine the numbers over the coming months.
“The 21st century is going to be one where we’re moving from an old, White, baby boomer dominated culture to one that’s increasingly going to be open to more youthful diversity, which will really define the first half of this century,” Frey said.
"While no data is perfect, we are confident that today's redistricting results meet our high data quality standards," Ron Jarmin, the bureau's acting director, said on Thursday.