Headline RoundupAugust 13th, 2021

2020 Census Results Show Big Changes to America's Racial and Ethnic Makeup

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According to the 2020 United States Census, the U.S. is 57.8% white, 18.7% Hispanic, 12.4% Black and 6% Asian. The white population decreased in size by 8.6%, the first drop on record. Other key takeaways: the multiracial population grew by 276%; the Asian population grew by 36%; the Hispanic population grew by 23%; the black population grew by 6%; the number of people who identify as Native American or Alaska Native grew by 27.1%; and the total U.S. population grew 7.35%, the lowest rate since the Great Depression.

The census results were major news in outlets across the political spectrum. Many focused on how the white population shrank while minority populations expanded. Some analyzed how the country's changing racial and ethnic makeup will impact politics, and how the census data in general will influence redistricting.

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