America's white population is rapidly aging while young minority groups are growing dramatically — sparking major demographic changes that will speed up the nation's political divide, The Hill reports.
The website notes the percentage of the white population in the U.S. has fallen from 79.6 percent in 1980, to 61.9 percent in 2014. Meanwhile, the Latino population has jumped from 6.4 percent to 17.3 percent in the same time frame. While the African American and Asian American populations have continued to grow, as well.
The Hill, citing a new analysis from the University of New Hampshire, points out the number of non-Hispanic whites who died in 2014 was greater than the white births in 17 states — the largest number of states experiencing a natural decrease in white population in American history.
The white population naturally declined in mostly northeastern, western and southern states, according to The Hill, and researchers note there is virtually no chance the decreases will reverse.
UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy noted an aging white populace and a decline in births were slowed by the Great Recession and by fewer women of childbearing age, the website reports.
"Natural decrease is the ultimate demographic consequence of population aging, low fertility, and a diminishing proportion of the childbearing-age population," UNH researchers Rogelio Saenz and Kenneth Johnson wrote in their analysis.
"The rapid rise in the number of U.S. states experiencing white natural decrease reflects the demographic changes underway."
The Hill points out the median age of white Americans is 43, while the number over 65-years-old has jumped from 15 percent to 18 percent of the overall white population.
However, the average American Latino is 28-years-old and Latino birth rates exceed death rates in all 50 states.
The Hill reports political parties will have to refocus their messages to the changing demographic.
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