For the first time in U.S. history, racial and ethnic minorities make up the majority of newborns, according to the Census Bureau.  More than half of the children born between July 2010 and July 2011 - 50.4% - were of Hispanic, black, Asian-American or of another minority background.

FOX's Steve Centanni has more from Washington:

It was expected, but nobody knew exactly when this statistical tipping point would actually come.  Now, it resulted from the combination of an aging Baby Boom population and higher numbers of immigrants of child-bearing age.  

For now, non-Hispanic whites are still the majority in the U.S., but not in every state.  In Hawaii, minorities are the majority, comprising 77% of the population; here in D.C., it's 65%; in both California and in New Mexico, it's 60%; and 55% in Texas.

As the population continues to age, the change in racial and ethnic makeup could create a change in the patterns of daily life in America, and things like education could become hotter topics.

FOX's Steve Centanni has more on that from Washington:

Latinos and African-Americans are less likely to graduate from high school and to enroll for college than non-Hispanic whites.  Their enrollment rates have increased recently because the poor economy.

But the challenge, according to some demographers, will be educating the new minority student population to keep the nation competitive.

WATCH more of FOX's Steve Centanni's reporting on the new majority among newborns HERE:


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