One American in six is now Hispanic, up from a small minority two generations ago. By mid-century it will be more than one in four.
Hispanics are transforming the definition of what it means to be a mainstream American. During the roughly 200 years from the presidency of George Washington to that of Ronald Reagan, whites of European descent consistently made up 80-90% of America’s population. By the time of the 2010 census, the proportion of non-Hispanic whites (for simplicity’s sake called whites hereafter) was down to 64%. Some time around 2044 it is projected to fall to less than half.
David Rennie, The Economist
Let’s take a look at past and the forward predictions and see just how much America’s future is Hispanic.
Based on effectiveness in reaching Hispanics, this is good news for the Pentecostals and Catholics. It’s bad news for the liberal Protestants and Southern Baptists.
UPDATE: ABC radio reports on Hispanics in America.