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New data from the Census Bureau show America continues to grow and become more diverse due to higher birth rates among minorities, particularly for Hispanics who entered the U.S. at the height of the immigration boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. By 2043, whites will no longer make up the majority of the U.S. population. Tribune photo/Clipart.com

Minorities to pass whites as the nation’s majority population in 30 years

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WASHINGTON — White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to census projections. That’s part of a historic shift that already is reshaping the nation’s schools, workforce and electorate, and is redefining long-held notions of race.

The official projection, released Wednesday by the Census Bureau, now places the tipping point for the white majority a year later than previous estimates, made before the impact of the economic downturn was fully known.

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