Consider the following statistics that caught my attention in 2012.America's complexion is changing.
- By 2019, no single race or ethnicity will be in the majority among people 18 or younger.
- That will also be true of the nation as a whole by 2043 when non-Hispanic white people will account for less than half the population.
- 60% of Hispanic Americans were born in the U.S. The rate of Asian immigration now surpasses that of Hispanics.
America is aging.
- The number of Americans 65 and older will more than double over the next two generations.
- By 2060, seniors will constitute more than one in five of the population, up from one in seven in 2012.
- Seniors will surpass the 18-and-younger generation for the first time by 2056.
- In 2060, more than half of seniors will be non-Hispanic white.
- More than two-thirds of people 18 and younger will be people of color.
Disparities between non-Hispanic whites and people of color are significant.
- The median net worth of white households in 2009 was more than 18 times greater than that of African-American and Hispanic-American households.
- More than one in four Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans live in poverty.
- While Asian-Americans have a lower poverty rate than other people of color, it is still 20% higher than that of whites.
Still, people of color represent a huge market and considerable political influence.
- People of color have combined purchasing power of nearly $2 trillion.
- The U.S. Hispanic market alone is larger than the economies of all but about a dozen countries.
- Had people of color not voted in 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama would not have been elected president.
American family structures are changing.
- 42% of babies are born to unwed mothers in the U.S.
- Most heads of households are women.
- One out of seven marriages are interracial.
- For the first time, a majority of Americans approve of same sex marriages.
We're not the people we used to be, but we're not the people we will soon become either.
Happy New Year to all. May 2013 be the year we finally begin to recognize and embrace these changes.