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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Small Talk: Stuff you should be talking about - Minorities going Major

CNN has reported that, according to newly released census data, people who identify themselves as "other than 'non-Hispanic, single-race Whites'" (otherwise collectively known as "minorities") will actually account for roughly 54% of the American population by the year 2050. The census data also projects that by 2023, "more than half of all children (in America) will be minorities."

A major consideration for the projected changes in the population are credited in part to high fertility rates among minorities, especially those who identify themselves as Hispanic. In fact, the study suggests that the Hispanic population of America will "nearly triple, from 46.7 million to 132.8 million," between 2008 and 2050. making 1 in every 3 U.S. residents, Hispanic.

Other "minority" groups are expected to see an increase as well. "African Americans" are expected to represent 15 % of the population by 2050, up from 14% currently (a difference of 24.6 million). Asian Americans will jump from 1.6% to 2% (a difference of 1.5 million). Persons identifying themselves "as being of two or more races" (otherwise known as biracial) is also on the rise. The Census numbers project this group "to more than triple, increasing to 16.2 million from its current 5.2 million".

In a press release date August 9, 2008, the Census Bureau notes that these figures are based on identity, or how persons views themselves. It stated that "the minority population is defined as anyone who indicated that they were either Hispanic or a race other than white alone. The percent rankings for race, Hispanic origin, and age are based on counties with population in 2006 of 10,000 or more in 2006" and that "starting with Census 2000, the question on race asked respondents to report the race or races they consider themselves to be."

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  • Also note - for anyone those of you with loved ones who are unemployed, remember that the Census is fast approaching. Working as a survey taker is for the Census is a great temporary job. The rate of pay is fantastic and it helps us to get involved in our government and communities. These employment opportunities are extremely significant as they allow us to protect the integrity and accuracy of our community and its collective information. These surveys are very important as they are typically used to substantiate a need for community funding and programs. Personally, I worked the Census in 2000/2001 and I had a great time, I made great money ($18.50 an hour at the time, even as supplemental income (I was also working a 9 to 5 at the time) the job had great earning potential), and I provided a great service. If you know anyone who would be interested, please visit: Jobs at the census.
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