Born between 1982 and 2000, Millennial Americans make up more of the population than ever before.

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report that showed there are over 83 million millennials in the United States, composing of over a quarter of our total population.

 

Earlier this year, the projected number of millennials was thought to be around 75 million, which would have equaled the number of baby boomers. Instead, millennials have shot past them by the millions.

 

Not only has the report proven the numbers are greater, but it also shows that millennials are more diverse than previous generations. Over 42 percent of millennials are a part of a minority race. Hopefully, with the increasing diversity comes better race relations in the United States, as a result.

 

The cast of TV show "Friends"

According to the BBC, 75 percent of white Americans only have friends of the same race. (engadget.com)

According to a BBC study, 75 percent of white Americans only have friends of the same race. If the number of minority groups in the United States continues to grow, future generations may interact more with members from different ethnic backgrounds.

 

The diversity of Americans is showing signs of exponential growth in the generations following millennials. Minority races made up over 50 percent of the population for those younger than five in 2014. How will more diversity in the United States help with race relations?

 

Now that minority races are making up a majority of future generations, more kids may grow up in more diverse classrooms. Once more children start interacting with peers of a different race, maybe it will lead to an increase in interracial dating friendships.

 

It has been said that children are the future. If diversity continues to grow, it will be these future generations of children responsible for ending the racial divide in the United States.

 

What do you think the increased diversity will do for race relations in the United States? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.