Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ind. Gov't. - "Face of Indiana changes: New census report shows population is diversifying nationwide"
Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, has the story today in the Pharos-Tribune. A few quotes:
Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanic Americans, the nation’s racial and ethnic minorities are growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.
“This shows the changing face of Indiana and America,” said demographer Matt Kinghorn of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University.
Indiana, where 81 percent of the population is white, remains less diverse than the rest of the nation, which is now 63 percent white.
But a closer look at the racial and ethnic make-up of different age groups signals the shift: While 91 percent of Hoosiers over 65 are white, just 70 percent of Hoosier children under 5 are white. And in that 65 and over group of Hoosiers, less than 2 percent are Hispanic; of Hoosiers that are 5 and under, 11.4 percent are Hispanic.
The contrast between the oldest and the youngest Hoosiers also shows up in race: Just shy of 6 percent of Hoosiers 65 and older are black; just over 11 percent of Hoosiers are 5 are black.
The shift also shows up in the median ages of demographic groups: The median age for whites in Indiana is 40.2 years; it’s 31.3 for blacks, 30.6 for Asians, and 24.5 for Hispanics. For Hoosiers identified as bi-racial or multi-racial, the median age is 15.6 years.
“Indiana is becoming more diverse from the ground up,” Kinghorn said.
That’s even more true in the rest of the nation: For the first time, America’s racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group. * * *
Indiana economist Michael Hicks, head of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, said local communities should embrace the increasing diversity, especially that driven by immigration, as good for growth: Existing employers will need to fill the jobs vacated by retiring workers, while potential employers will also need workers.
“For communities all around Indiana, immigration acceptance is important.”
Asians are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S., now comprising almost 19 million people. That’s true in Indiana as well. Of the state’s 6.5 million people, only 113,196 are Asian. But that number marks an almost 10 percent growth just from 2010.
In that same two-year period, from 2010 to 2012, the percent of blacks in Indiana rose by less than two percent; the percent of Hispanics rose just short of 6 percent; the number of people identified as more than one race rose by just over 7 percent.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 18, 2013 09:32 AM
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