A new study by researchers at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire finds that in 17 U.S. states the number of Whites who died in 2014 was higher than the number of Whites born in these states. The 17 states where the White population is declining are: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Arkansas, Delaware, Nevada, Maine, Alabama, Connecticut, New Mexico, West Virginia and Rhode Island.
The 17 states constitute 38 percent of the U.S. population. Therefore, the decrease in White population in these states will impact significantly the demographics of the nation’s population in the years ahead. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that non-Hispanic Whites will make up less than half of the U.S. population by the year 2050. And Latinos are expected to approach one third of the entire population by the year 2060.
The authors conclude: “The largely White older population will grow rapidly as baby boomers continue to age, increasing demands on the healthcare and retirement systems. In addition, the youthful minority population will require major investments in education and training if the U.S. is to maintain a productive workforce in an increasingly competitive technological and global labor market. The competing demands will create considerable potential for disagreements regarding funding priorities.”
The study, White Deaths Exceed Births in One-Third of U.S. States, may be downloaded by clicking here.