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    Deaths Outnumber Births for White Americans

    For first time in at least 100 years.

    Cue the conservative demographic panic: for the first time in at least 100 years, there are more deaths than births among non-Hispanic white Americans. The disparity, which showed up in new Census data, “surprised experts,” reports The New York Times. “They expected that the aging white population would eventually shrink, as it has done in many European countries, but not for another decade or so.” Behind it is a dramatic decline in the number of non-Hispanic white births—1.9 million in 2012, down 13.3 percent from five years earlier. The majority of births in the United States are now to black, Hispanic, and Asian mothers. “These new Census estimates are an early signal alerting us to the impending decline in the white population that will characterize most of the 21st century,” William H. Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer, told the Times.

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    Unmarried Women Embrace Single Parenthood

    About 42 percent admitted to being open to the idea of having a child alone.

    It doesn't always take two. In a poll by the Associated Press, two in five unmarried women under 50 said they would consider having a child on their own. More than a third, 37 percent, said they would adopt a child without a partner. AP ran this poll after a U.S. Census Bureau report indicated single motherhood is on the rise. The poll also found few Americans think the variety of family arrangements in the country is detrimental to society, but 64 percent disapproved of women having a child without a partner. Only 24 percent of men would consider parenting by themselves, according to the poll.