Diversity Among U.S. Child Population Continues to Increase

Posted September 5, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog diversityamongchildpopulationincreases 2015

Kids of col­or will rep­re­sent a major­i­ty of chil­dren in the Unit­ed States by 2018, accord­ing to Cen­sus Bureau projections.

In 2014, there were approx­i­mate­ly 74 mil­lion chil­dren in the Unit­ed States. Of these chil­dren, more than half were white and near­ly one-quar­ter were Lati­no. Four­teen per­cent were African Amer­i­can, 5% Asian or Pacif­ic Islander, 1% Amer­i­can Indi­an and 4% two or more races. Lat­est data from the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter show that since 2000, the largest increas­es were seen among chil­dren who iden­ti­fied as two or more races (100% increase), Asian or Pacif­ic Islander (67% increase) and Lati­no (41% increase). It is crit­i­cal that all chil­dren in the Unit­ed States have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to suc­ceed to ensure the coun­try’s future health and prosperity.

Explore new Demo­graph­ic data avail­able for the nation, states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia in the KIDS COUNT Data Center:

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