Generation Z—Americans born between 1997 and 2012—will be the last generation in U.S. history with a white majority population, with ‘generation Alpha’ (those born after 2010), set to inaugurate a new ‘majority-minority’ age sometime in the mid-2040s, an analysis of census data has revealed.
Ethnic minorities already comprise more than half of the population in the United States that is under the age of 18, according to the figures.
Analysis of the census data, carried out by the D.C.-based Brookings Institution, suggests that non-Hispanic whites, which today make up just under 60% of the population, will become a minority for the first time in history by around 2045, underscoring the rapidly changing demographic makeup of the U.S.
Written by William Frey, a senior fellow at the think tank, the analysis highlights the stark demographic differences between America’s older and younger generations.
It notes, for example, that non-Hispanic white people make up 77% of the 75-and-over population, 67% of the age 55-64 population, 55% of the 35-44 cohort, and barely half of the 18-24 age group. Meanwhile, just 47% of those in the under-18 age cohort are non-Hispanic white.
“These patterns have led to a ‘racial generation gap,’ in which the younger population—more influenced by immigration in recent decades—is far more diverse than older age groups,” Frey notes.
In just over 20 years, the analysis suggests, the majority of the U.S. population will be made up of the following ethnic minorities: Hispanics (24.6%), African-Americans (13%), Asians (7.9%), and 3.8% for multiracial populations.
The demographic projection, for some, including various intellectuals, philosophers, authors, and politicians, particularly from France but also from across the West, validates the idea of a ‘Great Replacement,’ which posits that ethnic Europeans across Europe and North America are being gradually replaced via mass migration from Asia and the global South.
To learn more about the concept, which was originally put forward decades ago by the celebrated French writer Renaud Camus, see Rod Dreher’s essay published days ago by The European Conservative.