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Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Advertisement - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant —Justin Fel­der­man, Es­con­dido, Calif.

My fa­ther main­tains that when he was a kid, more peo­ple had blue eyes. I know brown eyes are dom­i­nant, but can a no­tice­able change re­ally oc­cur in such a short pe­riod of time? Yes! In 1900, about 88 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion was white (source: U.S. Cen­sus Bureau), and, ac­cord­ing to a study at Loyola Univer­sity, more than half of non-His­panic white Amer­i­cans born around that time had blue eyes. By mid­cen­tury, that had dropped to one baby in three. In 2010, the Cen­sus Bureau found it much more dif­fi­cult to clas­sify Amer­i­cans by race or ori­gin, but the au­thor of the study es­ti­mated that fewer than one in six Amer­i­cans now have blue eyes.

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