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"In 1960, the population of the United States was 85% white; by 2060, it will be only 43% white. We were once a black and white country. Now, we’re a rainbow." ~Pew Research Center
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(AURN) -- A new Pew Research study examined Americans views on transformations in demographics around the nation. The study dubbed, 'The Next America' cites a U.S. population that is becoming majority non-white, at the same time a record share is going gray.
Researchers say the fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has created big generation gaps that will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.
Among findings, the study also shows an increase in interracial marriages not only directly affects the number of bi-racial babies being born, but also has an affect on our perception of ethnicity, particular with respect to the offspring of bi-racial couples. Also, according to findings, 52 percent of Americans don't see President Obama as black, but as mixed-race.
The Next America: Marriage and Race:
The study also says immigration is driving the demographic makeover in the U.S.:
"Our modern immigrants are different from the big waves of newcomers who came in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Back then, about nine-in-ten immigrants were from Europe. Today only about 12% are from Europe."
The study says, "Some things don't change. No matter where they come from, immigrants are strivers. They’re optimists. And they tend to have a lot of kids. Our immigrant stock – that’s immigrants and their children – is projected to make up about 37% of our population by mid-century, the highest share in our history."
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