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Nation's minority numbers top 100M (graphs & tables at site)
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Nation's minority numbers top 100M
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By Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg, USA TODAY
The nation's minority population has topped 100 million for the first time and now makes up about a third of the USA, a symbolic milestone that signals more challenges for communities adapting to diversity.

Hispanics are fanning out to more states across the nation, creating a sharp contrast between their predominantly young numbers and those of an aging white society, according to Census population estimates out Thursday.

TABLE: State population changes by race, ethnicity

Hispanics remain the largest minority group at 44.3 million and accounted for almost half the nation's growth of 2.9 million from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006. As Hispanics settle in areas where whites are aging and fewer are being born, they're transforming classrooms, workplaces and entire communities.
FIND MORE STORIES IN: Hispanics | Hispanic-American | Census

The non-Hispanic white school-age population dropped 4% since 2000, while the number of Hispanic school-age kids surged 21%. The white under-15 population declined in all but nine states since 2000.

"The pronounced differences between Hispanic populations and non-Hispanic populations agewise sets the stage in coming decades for very different political agendas," says Peter Morrison, demographer at the RAND Corp. "One population is going to form the core of the working age population by all indications. The other one is aging. (There are) two very different sets of economic interests: People who want health care vs. people who want jobs."

Census estimates also show:


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