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. Hispanics drove US here?

    And all this time I thought obese people were born that way.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Greys

    1/2 white, 1/2 black = grey. Shadow people. When they die, they aren't really dead. They go on living somehow and form a third political party or something ingenious.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Hispanics, like pork chops, the new white meat!

    September 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )"Off The Deep End"

    Yo vivo en pais de Ustados Unidos. Yo soy un blanco hombre. Me llamo Gulfredo Francisco. Como se llama usted esse? Tienne usted tacos?

    September 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      No sé (o mejor dicho, Google Translate no sabe) lo que tienne es, pero es bueno saber que los hispanos se consideran blancos.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Por lo menos los hispanos (y muchos otros fuera de los estados unidos) tenemos el intelecto para ser poliglotas, multiculturales y polifaceticos en nuestros talentos, algo que falta mucho en este pais, donde la gente vive una rara fantasia de raza superior y vanidad injustificable. (I am a native-born U.S. citizen who has lived and worked at several overseas locations, by the way, and I know what I'm talking about).

      October 4, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @The Greys:

    I didn't know whether to laugh my ass off or nod sagely in agreement, so I did both. 😀

    September 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Tough to do both at once. You have my admiration.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. We know how to eat A merican!

    We had our obesity epidemic before Mexico did. So we can't blame Hispanics for US consuming twice as much as we produce. We should blame that on Iran next, and then Venezuela. One thing for sure, we didn't have anything to do with our national debt. It's tkem darn 10K dollar ashtrays at the Pentagon.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Gulfredo Francisco:

    Nothing really. I just wanted to say @Gulfredo Francisco.
    It amuses me... 😀

    September 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @We:
    We're talking growth, not girth.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Meems

    They count hispanics as white. Well, lots of hispanics, such as myself, tend to be a mixture. To many of us, lumping us in with either black or white is offensive as we are neither. We are racially diverse and are ok with being considered hispanic, latino, etc, but ignoring our racial diversity in order to satisfy some outdated bureaucratic standard is wrong. Get with the times.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Some countries, such as Brazil, have gotten rid of ethnicity questions on their census forms and no longer keep statistics. It's something to consider.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mmmmm

    my race is dr. pepper, I don't like orange sodas they're orange juice wannabees...

    September 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SirDavid

    Ummm, whites are by nature genetically incapable of procreating as quickly as people of color, this is why their total number is only 550 million worlwide, if that due to these bogus inflated numbers & its because of their inability to reproduce life quickly that most goes through some kind of stimuli that produces multiple children...its also because whites seems to assume every nationality, from Latin, Mideastern, Afrikan & even biracial that these numbers becomes inflated, as much as Blacks have been dogged for breeding like rabbits, our statistic count hovers at 40million, virtually unchanged since the civil rights era some 40yrs ago, i can hardly believe that unless i'm deaf, dumb, blind & out of my mind, though if we take in account the Afro-Latino, West Indian & Afrikan count (all whom are seldom counted as Black by US census), that number would be 80million or greater.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMissal

      You haven't been to a trailer park lately, have you?

      September 30, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Selfish Meme

    34 Million Mexicans living in the USA, and counting, according to the latest Census. Compare that to roughly 1 million Salvadorians and the for each other Latin American countries in Central to South, Caribbean Americas etc.,US populations go down averaging about 200,000.

    SO – when articles, studies like this lump ALL Latino's in as one "Hispanic" group, its inaccurate and really reflects a majority hispanic Mexican population. ANY study that lumps all Latin Americans along with any ONE country is foolish.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. toocy

    Orange juice wishes it was orange soda.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tara

    Go figure.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    There is only 1 race, the 1 called Human! There may be ethicities & nationalities, but the Human Race is singular! Ask any Alien from a Galaxy far,far away!! :->

    September 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
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