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. Racism? LMAO fattism bro

    For every racist there are a hundred fattests. If black v. white weighed what your collective mega-consuming non-producing fat asses weighed, there would be two colors in Monopoly.(tm) Black and white. Look down at your girth and know that a child starves for your fatness. God help should your military fail and that childs parents come a calling.

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

      where did CNN get this article from Fox News
      and for what reason are the Races racing ?

      September 30, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      OBAMA's Race problem , Black & White and Green – how cute you idiot CNN management & Editors are.
      Race problems are a criminal matter, Not a political agenda for a corrupt press to exploit .

      September 30, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Racism? LMAO fattism bro

    A merica consumes over 30% of EVERYTHING the world produces, yet only account for 4% of the worlds population. Care to debate how it is you struggle with obesity? No? You were born that way, right? LMAO

    September 30, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Racism? LMAO fattism bro

    A merica consumes more than twice as much as she produces. Yeah. Real budget crisis.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. A merican Harley rider/rider

    Ah balugh blugh blugh bliugh ....blugh blugh. I got maself a Harley. An ancient desing built ta make that fat on my lowels even jiggle, not ta mention the rest of my fat ex-viet nam ass nor the bulbous girth of ma 'old lady'. He he....Ah blah blah balh balh...blah blah. Put put. (As a 15 yr. old kid wearing cutoff's and sneakers blows by on a vintage 1972 Yamaha RD 350. zip-tang! see ya fat azz. (recollections of me and my RD)

    September 30, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. A mare ee can.

    Now they got gay dudes ridin' mares at the county fair. What next? Picking scabs and calling them potater chips? Let's all just have an abortion rodeo where coathangers are free. Hoaleyyyyy craep what have YOU done to MY America. Sh!t the bed Loueeeeze.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Humbolto

    Whar did a CNN git a bunch of that there FOX news from a anyways? Not to mention a how smarty i is for maling a show of it like I seen on TV earlier. Whoo hoo! Lookit me! I got it a goin' on naow. Hot dang.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      It not like you don't understand why your sister is cribbin .

      September 30, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Humbolto

    Race problems are not as big as the obesity epidemic plagueing Americans who wear Africa's diamonds and burn Africa's oil as Africa's children starve. i am Humbolto! And I am ignorant.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Thats about as intelligent as what goes on in court.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Philips back. Hi Philip .

    September 30, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Race day

    Race problems are settled on Race Day, where we find the world spending more fielding just one Formula-1 race car than all of the USA spends fielding ALL of NASCAR. Where an has-been F-1 driver makes more than your favorite QB does, or ever will.. Tiger Woods? LMAO. there are three F-1 drivers that could buy and sell tiger 5 times over...ea. with his own wife. The world laughs at you and your luxuriant splendor as you look down your fat azz noses at them. America. Doesn't quite have the same ring.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Race day

    Americans think race is about color of skin, and so spend their money fanning the flames of racism. While the world spends their race money on race cars that whoop ass on American race cars. Free cheezbergerz at the Mississippi Mud 500 though.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Obese A merican

    Now see here sonny! We got fat and lazy the old fashioned way. We earned it. (earned enuff to pay for meds and military)

    September 30, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      It was unjust to give felons a place of authority, when they wont even work for theirselves .

      September 30, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. carlos

    They forgot to count the aliens from outer space not the one that crosses our border people.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Obese A merican

    Day porgot to count the aliens frum oudda spayce. Matt Daymun. yayyy!

    September 30, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Felons equal iver 200 dollars in damages

    We are all felons. We just haven't all got caught yet. Not even for the times we failed to yield.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. brian

    A lot of Hispanics are mestizo (white-Amerindian mixture) as well

    September 30, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
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