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. parrot

    WHITE IS NOT A RACE, IT IS THE CAUCASIAN RACE....!! AND HISPANIC IS JUST AN ETHNIC GROUP, MANY HISPANICS ARE BLACKS, ASIANS OR CAUCASIANS. SOME ARE AMERICAN NATIVES, AS YOU KNOW THE INDIANS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA ARE ALSO AMERICAN NATIVES OR AMERICAN INDIANS. I AM CAUCASIAN, AND VERY PROUD OF BEING HISPANIC. I CAN TRACE MY FAMILY ALL THE WAY TO SOUTHERN EUROPE, AND AS ANY HISPANIC FAMILY WE ALSO HAVE OUR "COAT OF ARMS", MANY OTHER PEOPLE FROM EUROPE HAVE THEIR COAT OF ARMS AT HOME.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. suzycue alvarado 5598368122

    GOD LOVES US ALL NO MATTER WHAT COLOR WE ARE FK THE CENSUES AND WHO THEY COUNT ITS NOT PAYING MY BILLS OR ANYONE I KNOWS BILL OR FOODON TABLES OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATE

    September 30, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      I agree with you Suzy, but why are you yelling. And what is 5598368122 ? Is it your phone number or your prison ID number ? (I kid, I kid.)

      September 30, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Unfortunately, Suzycue, Hispancis certainly aren't helping to put food on the table for Americans either. Heck, Hispanics aren't doing much to help put food on the table for their own (unless you count border fence jumping to be putting food on the table for Americans).

      September 30, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Fr33th1nk3r, you're a moron. I'm Latin and I pay at least 20K in taxes that go into stupid things that make no sense. Latin people aren't the ones breaking the bank...it's stupid government policies. Has anyone considered the cost of war or the cost of health care or why our nation has army posts in every other country? Our system is broken and we have incredibly greedy people running the country and only looking for their interest. We also have incredibly stupid voters that elect people based on ridiculous ideas.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. rippley

    The IRONY.. Soooo Many years, the talk of blacks blah blah blah.. No who will be to blame, the Hispanics???
    Pretty Soon within 30 years, Hispanics will be the majority, and whites a minority..
    Like WAR, it is sooo funny when a force is simply focused on one enemy, that they fail to see the flanking movement of another more powerful one.. BOOM

    September 30, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      You point being?????

      September 30, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      did you even read the article or are you just to incompetent to understand it? Hispanics are white, as well as black and any other race. It's impossible for them to become a majority, as they aren't even considered a race.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fr33th1nk3r

    So....to sum this article up in fewer words– Hispanics are still reproducing faster than bacteria in the U.S., and if current trends don't change, soon Canada will be pondering what to do to beef up their southern border with the United States of Mexico to keep the flood of illegal immigrants south of THEIR border.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dog 1 Alpha Beach Omaha

    Who the F@#! cares about race anymore these days? I SURE THE HELL DON'T. Stop making something out of nothing, nobody cares, CNN.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      I agree....

      September 30, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. HAHA

    hispanics are not white they are mexican

    September 30, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • ksp

      no, mexicans are mexican. Hispanics are of Latin decent with any number of mixed European races and native american races

      October 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Greys

    @the banasy. Good thing that I didn't mention various shades of grey, eh? No tellin' where you'd a ended up et. 🙂

    September 30, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    Yeah that was a very bad artical cnn. Damn get it right.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frangible

    Hispanics are not a race, no. They are of mixed ancestry of varying degrees, mostly from Spanish conquistadors (who are European / caucasian) and Native Americans who were Asians who migrated over the land bridge back in the day.

    The language most Hispanics speak, Spanish, is a European language, and a Romantic one (ie with Latin / Roman roots), quite unrelated to the various native tribal dialects in the area spoken before the arrival of the conquistadors.

    For that matter, you can have an "African-American" who is an Afrikaaner from South Africa and quite "caucasian".

    In the end, we all share common ancestral roots, and never perfectly all fit into neat little categories.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Thankyou for using your brain rather than emotions such as fear which other people are displaying through racism here.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JMissal

      Best post I've read yet.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike p

    Race will always be an issue in this country...people can't help who they are..I'm part puerto rican..black..white..indian..does it really...matter..and if it does to some ..why...theirs a reason god made us different...think about it..

    September 30, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Blame it all on browno

    A mericans. Goto any Wal-Mart on any given day. I dare yoiu to find the diff. beteeen that and a 1930s carmival freal-show. Same people in the show (practiced-on pharmy junkies) as in todays broadways and streets. And you call yourselves Americans. Fat ass deviants is all you are. Big deal you got the Supreme Court and most all of Congress siding with your fat non-productive consuption driven endless belly never-ending whining drivel bottomless hole's excuses for life. (puke)

    September 30, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Blame it all on browno

    Like Hispanics are to blame for you wearing Africa's diamonds and burning their, not your, oil. Look in the mirror. he he....now, turn around and look again. YOU are the reason children starve. Your cottage-cheeze alone could feed an entire neighborhood for a week. That blob of fat that jiggles ea. time you speak, fat jowels blabbering....feed a thousand alley cats for a month. YOU consume 1/3 of EVERYTHING! yet only account for 4% of all consumers. You fat ass biatch A merica. You fat assed biatch.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ND Girl

      Someone forgot to take their medication today!!!! Stop being jealous of Americans and go sit your retarded behind down some where you bozo!

      October 1, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stand-back and look

    Imagine aa camera running at a 1930s carnival freak-show, and side-by-side modern-day Wal-Mart cam. Same show, different era. With enough freak to go 'round the world. Fat and cottage-cheeze filling Isle 5 and spilling over onto the avenues. More plasticrap flags than you can flyy a flag at. Little kids screaming out to the public for assistance as their parents jam the cart full of crap scratching their heads womdering what the kids are fussing about. And did i mention with enough cottage-cheeze jsut on the backs of their arms to feed Zimbabwe for a decade. No? Zoom-in with your Wally cam. That's YOU A merican. You look even fatter with it jiggling on a Harley...cop or no.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ND Girl

      Why the heck did you change your profile name?! Also, your comment is very incoherent!

      October 1, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. dudley041518

    He's right. Hispanic or Latino is cultural not racial. Hispanics are Caucasians, just like Iranians, Jews, Indians and most other brown-skinned peoples.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bud1dogg

      You must be blind or you are a dumb. Where did you find that notion the Hispanics are Caucasians? It may be a very small minority, just the ones who are first generation of European\ descent that could be classified as Caucasian. All the rest are mestizos (mixed races)

      September 30, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. dudley041518

    You see, Hispanics cannot ever be the new majority since they're part of the old majority already.

    So there. pf-pf-pf-pf-pf-pf-pf.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
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