Census Finds Age Gap With Minn. Whites, Minorities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In just a few lines on a spreadsheet, the latest census figures show how Minnesota could become more diverse in the coming decades.

Data released Wednesday shows the median age for white people in the state is 40 while the median age for Asians is 27, blacks is 26 and Hispanics is 23.5.

It means that as the state’s white population ages, a larger share of the minority populations will still be in their prime childbearing years.

Susan Brower is a demographer for the nonprofit Wilder Researcher group. She says the numbers are being driven by the immigration into the state of young adults who tend to have large families.

She says that includes Hispanics in many rural areas and immigrants from East African into Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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