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Report: U.S. population growth almost exclusively minority-driven

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We already know that Latinos accounted for more than half the nation's population growth in the last decade.

Today the Pew Research Center broadened the minority growth picture in its Daily Number feature, distilling this nugget from the 2010 Census: The U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2010 was driven almost exclusively by racial and ethnic minorities.

From the post:

Overall, racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 91.7% of the nation's population growth over the past 10 years.

The non-Hispanic white population has accounted for only the remaining 8.3% of the nation's growth. Hispanics were responsible for 56% of the nation's population growth over the past decade. There are now 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S. according to the 2010 Census, up from 35.3 million in 2000, making Latinos the nation's largest minority group and 16.3% of the total population. There are 196.8 million whites in the U.S. (accounting for 63.7% of the total population), 37.7 million blacks (12.2%) and 14.5 million Asians (4.7%). Six million non-Hispanics, or 1.9% of the U.S. population, checked more than one race.

An accompanying chart breaks down the 2010 vs. 2000 population for all of these groups, including those identifying as "two or more races."

Census numbers released earlier this year showed that the United States is on course to become a majority-minority nation, with non-white minority children accounting for 48.6 percent of the children born in this country between July 2008 and July 2009,  an increase from just two years earlier.