Minorities Account for 92% of U.S. Population Growth

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From 2000 to 2010, the population growth in the United States was driven almost exclusively by racial and ethnic minorities, the Pew Hispanic Center reported Thursday.

Overall, racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 91.7 percent of the nation's population growth over the past 10 years. The non-Hispanic white population accounted for the remaining 8.3 percent of  growth.

Hispanics were responsible for 56 percent of the nation's population growth over the past decade. There are now 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S., according to the 2010 Census, up from 35.3 million in 2000, making Latinos the nation's largest minority group and 16.3 percent of the total population.

There are 196.8 million whites in the U.S. (accounting for 63.7 percent of the total population), 37.7 million blacks (12.2 percent) and 14.5 million Asians (4.7 percent). Six million non-Hispanics, or 1.9 percent of the U.S. population, checked more than one race.

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