Whites 'in US minority by 2043'

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to US census studies have predicted.

The new government projection is a year later than previous estimates, made before the impact of the recent economic downturn was known.

The nation continues to grow and become more diverse due to higher birth rates among minorities, but no longer at such a swift pace as immigration wanes.

The total US population should climb to 420 million by 2060, with whites making up 43% of the population.

Hispanics, currently 17% of the population, will jump to 31%, or nearly one in three residents. African-Americans will make up 14.7%, a slight increase.

The point when minority children become the majority is expected to occur in 2019; last year, minorities became the majority among US newborns.

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