Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Texas Added to List of States Where Non-Latino Whites Makeup Less Than 50 Percent

The Census Bureau confirmed Thursday that Latinos now outnumber non-Latino whites in Texas. Data shows that Latinos make up around 40.2% of the state’s population, while non-Latino whites make up 39.8%.

These results are not surprising, as the Latino population in Texas, and the country, has been steadily growing over the past few decades. In 2020, the census found that just over a quarter of all children in the U.S. are Latino, and the number of Latino children grew by over a million in just a decade.

This demographic turning point most likely happened in 2022. For years, unofficial estimates have shown that Latinos were on track to outnumber non-Latino whites, reflecting decades of transformation in Texas.

Texas had a white majority from 1885 until 2004 when the state’s non-Latino white population dropped below 50% for the first time. It is the second most populous, where people of color have accounted for 95% of its population growth in the past decade, according to the 2020 Census.

Texas, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, and New Mexico are the only states where non-Latino whites make up less than 50% of the population.

NBC News