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Hispanics are fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.

The growing diversity of U.S. food choices is likely to echo the growing diversity of the U.S. population. Over the next two decades, the Hispanic population is expected to grow by 1.2 million annually, compared with annual growth of 500,000 among non-Hispanic Whites and 400,000 each among Blacks and Asians. Growth among Whites, Blacks, and Native Americans comes largely from natural increase (births minus deaths), while growth among the Hispanic and Asian populations comes from a combination of natural increase and immigration. Higher birth, death, and immigration rates all contribute to a younger age structure among minority populations and, consequently, a built-in growth momentum, as a higher proportion of the minority population will be in its childbearing years. Currently, the median age of non-Hispanic Whites is 38.1, compared with 26.5 for Hispanics and 30.3 for Blacks. Only one-fourth of Whites are under age 18, compared with one-third of minorities.
 1980 2000 2020

Hispanic 6.5% 12.6% 18.0%
Black 11.6% 12.3% 12.9%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1.5% 3.9% 5.0%
White 79.9% 70.4% 62.5%

Note: Table made from bar graph.
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Date:Oct 1, 2002
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