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US: Census data reveals growth in racial, ethnic diversity
Census data released Thursday indicates that the United States is growing more racially diverse and that the number of people who identify as White in the country has decreased for the first time in more than two centuries.

According to the detailed data from the 2020 census, 204.3 million people identified as White, down from 223.6 million in 2010, an 8.6% decrease. The Census Bureau warned that comparisons between the past two censuses should be "made with caution" because the bureau retooled how questions about race and ethnicity are asked.

Quote:"As the country has grown, we have continued to evolve in how we measure the race and ethnicity of the people who live here," said Nicholas Jones, director and senior adviser for race and ethnicity research and outreach at the Census Bureau.

"Today's release of 2020 census redistricting data provides a new snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition and diversity of the country. The improvements we made to the 2020 Census yield a more accurate portrait of how people self-identify in response to two separate questions on Hispanic origin and race, revealing that the U.S. population is much more multiracial and more diverse than what we measured in the past."

In addition to a reduction in the absolute number of people who identify as White, the portion of the overall population also dropped from 63.7% in 2010 to 57.8% in 2020.

For the first time, the Hispanic or Latino population became the most prevalent ethnic group in California. The non-Hispanic White population remained the majority in all other states and territories except Hawaii, New Mexico, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The detailed data from the 2020 census is likely to have an impact on federal elections for the rest of the decade, beginning with next year's midterms.

The key population data also will begin a political redistricting process -- redrawing congressional districts -- that occurs once every decade.

The data released Thursday is used to re-evaluate congressional districts, which are based on population sizes and makeup. Because the next census won't come until 2030, the changes will last for the remainder of the decade, if they withstand legal challenges.


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