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New Census estimates released

August 14, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

The nation has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Latinos.

It is also growing older.

The Census Bureau released population projections through 2050, based on rates of births, deaths and immigration. They are subject to big revisions, depending on immigration policy, cultural changes and natural or human-caused disasters.

The U.S. has nearly 305 million people today. The population is projected to hit 400 million in 2039 and 439 million in 2050.

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