Research has found that Caucasians are now minorities in one out of every 10 counties in the United States. This is due to increased immigration as well as higher birth rates among minorities which are causing them to outnumber the white population. As a result, it has caused social as well as economic problems for U.S. cities and its inhabitants.

This information was discovered by the Census Bureau who noticed a change in the diversity of the population after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. There, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to move away from the area, and they were dispersed throughout the country. At the same time, it was discovered in 2001 that almost half of the country’s 100 largest cities have more minorities than whites in them, though the fastest growing cities increased in all ethnic populations. In 2006, it was shown that minorities accounted for about a third of the population. This number is expected to grow to half of all U.S. residents by 2050.

This information was discovered by the Census Bureau who noticed a change in the diversity of the population after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. There, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to move away from the area, and they were dispersed throughout the country. At the same time, it was discovered in 2001 that almost half of the country’s 100 largest cities have more minorities than whites in them, though the fastest growing cities increased in all ethnic populations. In 2006, it was shown that minorities accounted for about a third of the population. This number is expected to grow to half of all U.S. residents by 2050.Ethnicity does not seem like it would be much of an issue anymore, but problems have arisen nonetheless. One city, Woodbridge Virginia, recently passed a resolution to deny public services to illegal immigrants. In fact, state lawmakers have created more than 1,400 measures related to immigration, saying that they must take these measures in since Congress hasn’t been able to control the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants believed to have settled in the U.S. They complain that it is not about ethnicity or race but unlawful behavior. Those who fail to embrace American culture and stick to their own customs are frowned upon by many. An Anti-Latino group in Siler City, North Carolina had even contacted a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan to crack down on the number of Mexican immigrants in their city.

Other less personal issues that have arisen with the growing numbers of minorities include a shrinking of cities’ tax bases. The Census Bureau estimates that the median annual household income for Hispanics was $14,000 less than white households. This also forces cities to restructure their health care, public education, and municipal service to younger and larger minority families. One city, Dalton, Georgia has put forth effort to help immigrants find better jobs to help them support themselves and their new American status.

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