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April 22, 2015

The racial makeup of New Jersey is changing every day, and nowhere is it more obvious than in its child population. For the first time in 2013, white children accounted for less than 50 percent of New Jerseyans under the age of 17, according to Kids Count 2015, a report put out by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

Hispanics grew to 24 percent of the child population, a 13 percent increase from 2009. African-Americans remained 15 percent of the population, and the number of Asian children grew from 8 percent to 9 percent of the population. The rate of “other races,” primarily those that identified as being of two or more races, also grew from 7 percent to 8 percent.

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