Hispanics drive growth of U.S. white population
September 29th, 2011
10:13 PM ET

Hispanics drive growth of U.S. white population

The growth in the United States’ white population last decade is due largely to a rise in the number of the country’s Hispanics, the U.S. Census Bureau says.

And the number of people who reported their race as both black and white more than doubled, according to the bureau.

The data were part of two reports one on the U.S. white population, the other on the black population from the 2010 Census that the bureau released Thursday.

Hispanics account for 74% of white population’s growth

Though the number of whites in the United States rose last decade, and though they still were in the vast majority in 2010, their share of the total population dipped.

Because other races grew faster, whites’ percentage of the population including multiracial whites dropped from 77% to 74.8%. Nevertheless, the white population did grow by 14.1 million people, or 6.5% (to 231 million).

Of that growth, most of it came from people who identified as Hispanic. It is important to note that the bureau considers Hispanic to be a category of origin, not race.

Whites who said they were Hispanic accounted for 74 percent of the growth in the U.S. white population from 2000 to 2010, according to the bureau. This includes people who said they were multiracial white, such as white and black, or white and Asian.

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The number of Hispanic whites both multiracial Hispanic whites and not rose from 18.8 million to 29.2 million, and now represent 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, up from 6.7 percent.

Non-Hispanic white population declines in 15 states, increases in some big cities

The number of non-Hispanics who reported white as their sole race declined in 15 states, including 11 in the Northeast and Midwest. For whites as a whole, including white Hispanics and multiracial whites, their greatest population growth was in the West and South, with Arizona (21 percent increase), Nevada (21 percent) and Utah (20 percent) leading the way.

Non-Hispanic whites were increasingly drawn to some big cities. In nine of the 20 largest metropolitan areas, the percentage of non-Hispanic whites living inside the principal city, versus living outside, increased (Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, Boston and San Diego). This happened as percentages of people living inside the principal cities versus outside decreased in 19 of those metro areas.

Black population grows 15%; white-and-black up 137%

The population of U.S. blacks either those who said they were solely black, or black in combination with other races rose 15%, to 42 million. That comprises 14% of the U.S. population, up from 13% in 2000.

An increasing percentage of all U.S. blacks lived in the South, where most American blacks already lived. Fifty-seven percent of black-alone Americans lived in the South in 2010, up from 55% in 2000. Percentages decreased in the Northeast and the Midwest, the bureau said.

About 60 percent of blacks multiracial or not lived in 10 states in 2010: New York, Florida, Texas, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio, according to the bureau.

The number of people who said they were both black and white rose by 137%, from about 785,000 in 2000 to 1.8 million in 2010. The black-white population is the nation’s most prevalent multiracial group, the bureau said.

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  1. alex

    How can they put hispanics as apart of white? That makes no sense at all. I LOVE BEING HISPANIC.

    October 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Av

      Hispanic is not a race.... you have white, brown, black, indian hispanics.... Hispanic is group of people from different nationalities who happen to speak spanish. Latin from the Latin, are descendants from some Italian, Greek and some other nations from that same region.
      Every country in Latin America is a different culture, they have their own music, food, beliefs among so many other things.
      Just to give you an idea.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Ummm.... they don't. Did you read the article?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pablo Ruiz

    Read #79. Says a lot. My family is made up of ALL races here in the U.S. and we all say the same thing, some concepts and beliefs have to just die off with the old. This article make being considered white by a government agency look like its a Golden Ticket or something. There is no pure race. Aboriginal was the last. You shake a person's family tree anything can fall out. Some people take things for 'face' value. Hilarious! The nazis in Germany made that mistake. Hitler's mom was jewish. GO FIGURE. But his ignorance led a country to ruin then and put a negative mark on them forever. We Americans used to stand against such stupidity. Now we lead the way in keeping it alive. Nothing but hatred, fear and greed. #79, good observation. Why talk about this stuff so much in the news? Answer: 24 hour news networks need news and controversy to survive. Greed at the expense of our social balance and growth as a nation. Typical insolent ways of the baby boomer generation. Good thing humans don't live forever, so they can change. America is Awesome!! Who wouldve thought Obama could even make it in a place like U.S. Wow. Stop this trash news please. Angry bloggers, go play a video game or something. Go get some sunlight or help a neighbor.

    October 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • XERXE'S

      so, true. my family is made of white,latin, and who knows what.. respect and love

      October 3, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Isa27

      Well said!!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HillClimber

    The premise of this story is incorrect: you can't be white and be hispanic – the concepts are mutually exclusive. Once the waters are dirtied, you can never be white. The only real issue here is Citizenship – not an American Citizen? We'll gladly show you the door (that is, back to your own country).

    October 3, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      So untrue! Hispanic is part white. Hispanic, latino, chicano, are all the same. They are all mestizo, which is Native American and white, ie. European descent. On strictly a racial perspective, they are mixed blood. There are very few racially pure people anymore. Now if we are talking "origins" as stated on the census, then we are native american and one or more of the following: Spanish, Italian, Portugese, French, English... The lines are very blurred when talking about Race and Origins. You are right when talking about nationality. We are all American.

      October 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzpianist

      What an arrogant jerk you are. "Once the waters are dirtied, you can never be white". "White and Hispanic are mutually exclusive". Are you inferring that anyone not white is dirt? Pull your head out of your lower intestinal canal. Toilet tissue will solve stain problems. Besides the absurdity of your "one drop rule", are you talking about "passing for white"? Cretin

      October 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      To start, I am Hispanic but my race is 100% white from Costa Rica, blond hair, blue eyes. When I used to live In Costa Rica, most of my friends at school were 100 % white, others were black and a few Indian looking. They are all from Costa Rica and I guess that will categorize us as Hispanics, but Hispanic is not a race at all, it's just a classification invented by the U.S government. We don't even call ourselves Hispanic, you never hear that word in Costa Rica, we are just Costarican and if someone ask our race most of us are going to say White, others black and others mulatos or indigenous. Also in many countries like Argentina, Chile, etc. the majority of its population it’s white or places like Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba has a lot of Black population and they are all categorized as “Hispanic”.
      However, this is what confuses Americans. ”For many decades, there has been a wave of illegal immigrants from Mexico that come from small towns where the majority of its population is either Indian, indigenous or mixed, since Mexico is a big country and about 70 % of its population is “Indian looking” and that’s the majority of the “Hispanics” that we have here in the U.S. Mexicans laborers , they are the largest concentration of Hispanics in the United States and that’s all Americans see and in their heads all they see is these little dark Mexicans working in the fields and construction. But they have no idea of what the rest of south America really is, which is white, black, Indian, mixed and the list goes on. Well, even Mexico has a lot of white people too around 20% are White and for a population of 112 million people like Mexico that means that about 24 million Mexicans are White.
      You can go to any mall in any major city of Costa Rica or Argentina, Uruguay and the majority is white kids that look the same as Anglo kids from here, same clothing, same race, same haircuts, etc. Or you go to a mall in Puerto Rico and you can see a huge mixed of people as well, lots of blacks, whites and mixed. I’ve also been to Mexico City and yes there is I would say more “brown people but you can see out of 10, like 3 or 4 Mexicans that are white.
      Here is the following information as well.
      The census does it right! Hispanic is NOT a race. There are many races within the Latino community, including White, Black, Native Indian, and even Asian. Some segments, like the Cuban community, show very few mixed-race individuals. In fact, Cubans exhibit a race discrimination behavior within their community that is similar to that of the general market. Other groups, like Puerto Ricans, are very mixed. Argentineans are mostly White and some Latin American countries, including Mexico, have a strong Native Indian background.

      For years, however, the U.S. Census considered Hispanic a race. They changed that definition since before the 1970 census; and in 1977 the Office of Management and Budget issued the “Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting”. They established the U.S. racial classifications to be American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, and White. They added ethnic classifications of “Hispanic Origin” and “Not of Hispanic Origin”.

      Unfortunately, we continue to see the race question in most market research studies and marketers in this country continue to label Hispanic as a race. The misconception that Hispanic is a race is so ingrained in this country that many Hispanics are confused themselves. This creates a big problem in marketing research, because many Latinos would check “Other” if “Hispanic” were not included in the race category. Yet, many Hispanics would check “White” or “Black” and not “Hispanic”, if “Hispanic” was included as a category. A way of avoiding this problem is to divide the question like the census does and to pay close attention to how the questions are worded.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      To start, I am Hispanic but my race is 100% white from Costa Rica, blond hair, blue eyes. and also an American Citizen if we talk abou citizenship. When I used to live In Costa Rica, most of my friends at school were 100 % white, others were black and a few Indian looking. They are all from Costa Rica and I guess that will categorize us as Hispanics, but Hispanic is not a race at all, it's just a classification invented by the U.S government. We don't even call ourselves Hispanic, you never hear that word in Costa Rica, we are just Costarican and if someone ask our race most of us are going to say White, others black and others mulatos or indigenous. Also in many countries like Argentina, Chile, etc. the majority of its population it’s white or places like Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba has a lot of Black population and they are all categorized as “Hispanic”.
      However, this is what confuses Americans. ”For many decades, there has been a wave of illegal immigrants from Mexico that come from small towns where the majority of its population is either Indian, indigenous or mixed, since Mexico is a big country and about 70 % of its population is “Indian looking” and that’s the majority of the “Hispanics” that we have here in the U.S. Mexicans laborers , they are the largest concentration of Hispanics in the United States and that’s all Americans see and in their heads all they see is these little dark Mexicans working in the fields and construction. But they have no idea of what the rest of south America really is, which is white, black, Indian, mixed and the list goes on. Well, even Mexico has a lot of white people too around 20% are White and for a population of 112 million people like Mexico that means that about 24 million Mexicans are White.
      You can go to any mall in any major city of Costa Rica or Argentina, Uruguay and the majority is white kids that look the same as Anglo kids from here, same clothing, same race, same haircuts, etc. Or you go to a mall in Puerto Rico and you can see a huge mixed of people as well, lots of blacks, whites and mixed. I’ve also been to Mexico City and yes there is I would say more “brown people but you can see out of 10, like 3 or 4 Mexicans that are white.
      Here is the following information as well.
      The census does it right! Hispanic is NOT a race. There are many races within the Latino community, including White, Black, Native Indian, and even Asian. Some segments, like the Cuban community, show very few mixed-race individuals. In fact, Cubans exhibit a race discrimination behavior within their community that is similar to that of the general market. Other groups, like Puerto Ricans, are very mixed. Argentineans are mostly White and some Latin American countries, including Mexico, have a strong Native Indian background.

      For years, however, the U.S. Census considered Hispanic a race. They changed that definition since before the 1970 census; and in 1977 the Office of Management and Budget issued the “Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting”. They established the U.S. racial classifications to be American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, and White. They added ethnic classifications of “Hispanic Origin” and “Not of Hispanic Origin”.

      Unfortunately, we continue to see the race question in most market research studies and marketers in this country continue to label Hispanic as a race. The misconception that Hispanic is a race is so ingrained in this country that many Hispanics are confused themselves. This creates a big problem in marketing research, because many Latinos would check “Other” if “Hispanic” were not included in the race category. Yet, many Hispanics would check “White” or “Black” and not “Hispanic”, if “Hispanic” was included as a category. A way of avoiding this problem is to divide the question like the census does and to pay close attention to how the questions are worded

      January 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I_am_a_hispanic

    ColoradoDad, I'm a hispanic and I have no Spanish or Native American ancestry. Spanish is my main language, but it was not the language of any of my grandparents.

    October 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gorj

    " It is important to note that the bureau considers Hispanic to be a category of origin, not race." ...............see: –> http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hispanic ....Definition of HISPANIC
    1
    : of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain or of Spain and Portugal
    2
    : of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the United States; especially : one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin ........................
    so, it seems that its our language, hummmmmmmm ani't that something...

    October 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Donna

    Time for all of those Xenophopic anglo-saxon whities to realize that the world doesn't revolve around them.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. hmarquez

    ???

    October 4, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. mikefarris

    as i said before every one is equal now lets abolish affirmative action its outdated

    October 4, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ilovefarts

    We need more lemon pledge.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Isa27

    what is the importance of putting people in color or racial groups? I think its time that we start looking at all of our people as just that PEOPLE! We all starve the same we all bleed the same. And I know that for most wanting a better life for our children is something that we all want. so what difference does color or background really make? In my eyes nothing!

    October 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob F

      White people wanted a better life for their children, so they built a country called United States of America.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. gorj

    *********************************************************************************************************************************Isa27

    what is the importance of putting people in color or racial groups? I think its time that we start looking at all of our people as just that PEOPLE! We all starve the same we all bleed the same. And I know that for most wanting a better life for our children is something that we all want. so what difference does color or background really make? In my eyes nothing!************************************************************************************************************
    I would agree with your statement 100% if life was that simple. its just a fact that when these census are taken into account it tends to have a greater meaning. such as social programs, laws and representation in the political environment. . you and everyone else has to realize that its not the same being represented by an Anglo-Saxon that has no idea of the Hispanic culture or can we just categorize everyone as American Citizens. then would the minorities needs be met. Maybe in a Star Trek world i would say yes, we are earthlings. But society has not gotten that far yet....as you can read in all sorts of News Articles there are those and not few that can not accept a black President and you see they put every obstacle in his path. For what ? just to say "you see, no black man can run this country..........So, in a situation when we are being categorized as something we are not, then those programs, laws and representation will not happen. and then what about the imigration llaws for Mexicans, do you hear about immigration laws for other groups.....so equal representation is the wool that is being pulled over your eyes by the census stating there are no Hispanics............and as Forest Gump said, " Thats all i can say about that " ...God Bless

    October 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mel

    To start, I am Hispanic but my race is 100% white from Costa Rica, blond hair, blue eyes. When I used to live In Costa Rica, most of my friends at school were 100 % white, others were black and a few Indian looking. They are all from Costa Rica and I guess that will categorize us as Hispanics, but Hispanic is not a race at all, it's just a classification invented by the U.S government. We don't even call ourselves Hispanic, you never hear that word in Costa Rica, we are just Costarican and if someone ask our race most of us are going to say White, others black and others mulatos or indigenous. Also in many countries like Argentina, Chile, etc. the majority of its population it’s white or places like Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba has a lot of Black population and they are all categorized as “Hispanic”.
    However, this is what confuses Americans. ”For many decades, there has been a wave of illegal immigrants from Mexico that come from small towns where the majority of its population is either Indian, indigenous or mixed, since Mexico is a big country and about 70 % of its population is “Indian looking” and that’s the majority of the “Hispanics” that we have here in the U.S. Mexicans laborers , they are the largest concentration of Hispanics in the United States and that’s all Americans see and in their heads all they see is these little dark Mexicans working in the fields and construction. But they have no idea of what the rest of south America really is, which is white, black, Indian, mixed and the list goes on. Well, even Mexico has a lot of white people too around 20% are White and for a population of 112 million people like Mexico that means that about 24 million Mexicans are White.
    You can go to any mall in any major city of Costa Rica or Argentina, Uruguay and the majority is white kids that look the same as Anglo kids from here, same clothing, same race, same haircuts, etc. Or you go to a mall in Puerto Rico and you can see a huge mixed of people as well, lots of blacks, whites and mixed. I’ve also been to Mexico City and yes there is I would say more “brown people but you can see out of 10, like 3 or 4 Mexicans that are white.
    Here is the following information as well.
    The census does it right! Hispanic is NOT a race. There are many races within the Latino community, including White, Black, Native Indian, and even Asian. Some segments, like the Cuban community, show very few mixed-race individuals. In fact, Cubans exhibit a race discrimination behavior within their community that is similar to that of the general market. Other groups, like Puerto Ricans, are very mixed. Argentineans are mostly White and some Latin American countries, including Mexico, have a strong Native Indian background.

    For years, however, the U.S. Census considered Hispanic a race. They changed that definition since before the 1970 census; and in 1977 the Office of Management and Budget issued the “Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting”. They established the U.S. racial classifications to be American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, and White. They added ethnic classifications of “Hispanic Origin” and “Not of Hispanic Origin”.

    Unfortunately, we continue to see the race question in most market research studies and marketers in this country continue to label Hispanic as a race. The misconception that Hispanic is a race is so ingrained in this country that many Hispanics are confused themselves. This creates a big problem in marketing research, because many Latinos would check “Other” if “Hispanic” were not included in the race category. Yet, many Hispanics would check “White” or “Black” and not “Hispanic”, if “Hispanic” was included as a category. A way of avoiding this problem is to divide the question like the census does and to pay close attention to how the questions are worded. A better approach is to not bother asking about race at all

    January 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
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