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The United States of America is definitely a much more diverse nation than it was a century ago. The U.S. is also much more diverse than it was 50 years ago, according to recent statistics.

The U.S. Census Bureau officially reports, whites for the first time ever, make up less than half of newborns in the U.S. Minority newborns have for the first time weighed in at just over half of the population.

The Wall Street Journal reports, among the roughly four million children born in the U.S. between July 2010 and July 2011, 50.4% belonged to a racial or ethnic group that in previous generations would have classified them as minorities, up from 48.6% in the same period two years earlier, the Census Bureau said Thursday.

The Census Bureau also recognizes research by William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, which says African-Americans are the largest minority among adults over 50. However, for younger Americans — including the newborns forming America’s first “majority minority” generation — Hispanics are the second-largest population group after whites of European descent.

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