Whites are now the minority in nearly 12 percent of the counties in the U.S., numbers that predict an inevitable impact on the presidential election in November, the Wall Street Journal reported
Minorities — blacks, Hispanics, Asians — account for the majority in 370 counties across 36 states and Washington D.C., up 31 from 2010, according to the WSJ.
Other census takeaways, according to the WSJ:
- 75 percent of Americans age 55 and older are white
- 56 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 are white
- Austin and Fort Worth in Texas, Charlotte, NC, and Savannah, Ga. are among the cities that now show minorities as the majority
Hillary Clinton's poll numbers show a staggering amount of support from Hispanics and African-Americans, in particular, while Donald Trump's core support group is white males.
Key also is the uptick of non-whites in battleground states like Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, the WSJ reported.
In Orlando, for example, an influx of Puerto Ricans shifted the percentage of non-Hispanic whites in the city by 4 percent since 2010, meaning whites comprise 49.2 percent of the population in 2015, according to the WSJ.
"We may be seeing Trump put more effort into the Rust Belt knowing that he's going to have a difficult time in some of these sun belt states," Michael McDonald, associate professor of political science at the University of Florida, told the WSJ.
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