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Census: The number of whites in America is falling

The number of the white population in the United States has declined over the past decade. According to data from the US census published on Thursday, the proportion of whites in the total population fell by 8.6 percent between 2010 and 2020 to around 204 million people. The Washington Post wrote that it was the first time in the history of the census that the number of whites in the country had fallen. According to official information, however, they continue to represent the largest group of the population - with a share of 61.6 percent of the total population of around 330 million.

The statisticians found, however, that the US population is much more mixed and diverse than past counts had shown. This is due to both demographic changes and new survey methods.

According to census data, the number of people with Spanish or Latin American roots in the US has grown by 23 percent since 2010 to around 62 million. They make up 18.7 percent of the population. The proportion of African-Americans in the total population is according to the current figures at 12.4 percent, people of Asian descent make up 6 percent of the population.

The number of those in the USA who identify themselves as members of several of these and other population groups - in various combinations - made a significant leap. According to the census, their group grew from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020 - an increase of 276 percent.

Source: Handelsblatt
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