NC in Focus: Minority Population Share, 2014

“Even more diverse than millennials are the youngest Americans: those younger than 5 years old. In 2014, this group became majority-minority for the first time, with 50.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group.

Reflecting these younger age groups, the population as a whole has become more racially and ethnically diverse in just the last decade, with the percentage minority climbing from 32.9 percent in 2004 to 37.9 percent in 2014.”

– U.S. Census Bureau

Like the nation, North Carolina is rapidly diversifying. In 2014, nearly 36% of the state’s overall population belonged to a minority race or ethnic group. The youngest population was the most diverse, but even the under 5 population had not yet reached majority-minority status. 49.1% of individuals under 5 were a member of a minority race or ethnic group compared to 50.2% of under 5 individuals nationwide.
Minority Population Share_NC v US

Similarly, the States of Change project from the Center for American Progress and the American Enterprise Institute predicts that the United States, as a whole, will become majority minority by 2044. North Carolina will follow close behind, but its population is not predicted to be majority minority until 2050.

About Rebecca Tippett

Rebecca Tippett is Director of Carolina Demography at UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Population Center.
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