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Posted May 18, 2012 | comments 6 Comments

Minority children numbers shift throughout valley

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Minorities make up more than half the nation's children under age 1 as of July 1, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Thursday.

The agency also estimates minorities make up 49.7 percent of the population of children under 5, according to the bureau. The bureau defines a minority as anyone not single-race white and not Hispanic. A population greater than 50 percent minority is considered "majority-minority," according to a bureau press release.

By the bureau's definition, Winchester falls under the "majority-minority" when considering its children under 5 years old. However, data from the decennial census taken as of April 1, 2010, and estimates from July 1, 2011, Winchester's population of minority children under 5 years old has declined. Meanwhile the city's neighbors in the Northern Shenandoah Valley have seen the number of minority children increase in the year after the census, according to Robert Bernstein, with the bureau's public information office.

Census data and estimates show:

  • Frederick County minorities under 5 rose from 24.70 percent as of Census Day April 1, 2010, to an estimated 28.29 percent July 1, 2011

  • Shenandoah County minorities under 5 rose from 19.80 percent to 21.50 percent

  • Warren County minorities under 5 rose from 16.30 percent to 19.90 percent

  • Winchester minorities under 5 fell from 55.7 percent to 54.4 percent

Statewide figures show that minorities make up 49.1 percent of the population of children under 1 and 46.9 percent of youths younger than 5, according to Bernstein.

Virginia's minority population among children remains below national averages.

Estimates from the bureau show 50.4 percent of the U.S. population younger than 1 year old were minorities, according to a bureau press release. That number represents an increase from 49.5 percent calculated in the U.S. Census taken April 1, 2010. The population younger than 5 rose from 49.0 percent minority in the census to 49.7 percent as of July 1, 2011, according to the bureau.

The agency did not have estimates by locality for children under age 1, Bernstein said.

The data released by the bureau marks the first set of population estimates by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex since the 2010 Census. The estimates look at population change for the groups across the nation as well as within each state and county or city, according to the release.

The bureau estimated 114 minorities live in the United States and make up 36.6 percent of the population. The number represents an increase from 36.1 percent in 2010.

The bureau also classifies five states or their equivalents as majority-minority: Hawaii at 77.1 percent minority; the District of Columbia at 64.7; California at 60.3 percent; New Mexico at 59.8 percent and Texas at 55.2 percent. No other state had a minority population greater than 46.4 percent of the total, according to the bureau.

Additionally, the bureau reported that more than 11 percent of the nation's counties were majority-minority as of July 1, 2011, nine of which achieved the status since the April 1, 2010 census.

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    I guess minorities aren't minorities anymore, so since white men are the new minority will they get lots of special rights and advantages now? Just curious.

    What follows is a basic arithmetic explanation for Tea Party Tin Foil Hats....

    As a percentage of the total U.S. population all minority groups comprise ~37%. Only the birth rate for all minorities is now at ~50% of all U.S. births.

    At present growth rates it will be a few more decades, sometime around 2045, before white guys and white gals will be less than 50% of the total population and be eligible for any special consideration as "minorities".

    Bad news for Tin Foil Hats:
    Thirty years from now the concept of "ethnic minority" will have been superceded by 99% of the U.S. population believing "all people are equal". The remaining 1% will be the remnants of the Tea Party Tin Foil Hat movement fighting for their "minority rights".

    Today's Tin Foil Hat membership, especially the women, believe they have been robbed of their future destiny to be first in line to apply for special rights, advantages, and monetary benefits subsidizing their husbands and boyfriends Viagra prescriptions -- assuming, of course, the Tin Foil Hat belief the Mayan end-of-the-world prediction for this December is wrong. (Begin to worry when the flying saucers are hovering overhead)


    Bwaaaaahhhhh hahahaha

    Great job, ROFLMAO, on providing the facts on changes to the U.S. population and the trend of where this country is heading in terms of increased diversity. All I can say is, the Tea Party crowd (who are really nothing more than a "new name" for the extreme Right Wing in this country) had better enjoy what political gains they may get right now in the very near future because with this country becoming more diverse, their future and influence on our political process is very bleak indeed.

    Anyone who doubts that this country solves more problems and works better for all of us when moderates from both "Right" and "Left" WORK together, need only look at today's intransigence and obstructionism from the Tea Party Right Wing Nuts running today's Republican Party and controlling the House to see what happens when you have one group unwilling to be involved in the give and take which is legislating, for the good of the country. With the Tea Party's belief of "my way or the highway" and their ignorance thinking that compromise is a dirty word, this country and it's problems are stuck in neutral----it can not move forward.

    Enjoy what power you may have now, Tea Party Bunch------it is eventually coming to an end.

    Doesn't seem like either of you want the left and right to come together, but for the right to be chopped up into little pieces and forced to live according you your ways, so what makes you any different than those you condemn.

    Plus my comment was simply hyperbole to show the silliness of sticking people into groups. Perhaps if we quit seeing each other as minorities, majorities, colors, races, sexes, etc. etc., then something could be done. As it is Rolling on the floor and Song will continue to be dividers. If we want true equality then we need to get rid of all special interests and see people as people instead of colours...

      Getting rid of special interests groups, as you suggest, would also include ridding the country of those Tin Foil Hat minority groups populated by far right religious extremists, such as yourself, whose sole interest is forcing their religious views and ultra conservative values upon the general population against their will?

    ROFLMAO, Glad to see you back. I missed you forcing the tea party into every news article, whether relevant or not. I'm surprised you aren't in Chicago trying to bust up the NATO summit.

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