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

    I am Mexican, and I love White people..they are innovative.

    I am Mexican, and I love Black people...they are soulful.

    I am Mexican, and I love Mexican people..they are hard working.

    I am Mexican, and I don't like racist...they are mean.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      you're statement is a bit racist or stereotyping at the least...

      September 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaz

      Hey Bob, shut up and go psycho analyze your boyfriend or something.

      October 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stephanie

    Yes, all the illegal immigrants and their coattail children sucking up all the taxpayer money and slowly (or quickly?) ruining our country.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Since the U.S. took 1/4 of its current territory from Mexico, I think it is fair Mexicans become 1/4 of the population of the U.S. 🙂

      By the way, those miserable immigrants help signifcantly to keep running the capitalism of this country. The U.S. was made great thanks to smart and hard-working immigrants. When the flow stops, the end of the U.S. will come.

      Finally, those who are running this country are the spoiled children of the last 40-50 years. They do not know what hard work and achieving through knowledge means. Yeah... The poor kids (and some of them adults now) think that money is something that grows in the trees.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Are those spoiled kids the ones who are ruining this country.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joe

    Anchor-Baby on Board

    September 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    Comments about Mexicans cannot be considered racist if they are made by a white person, because Mexicans are part of the white race... Nationalist would be a better descriptor, and what's wrong with a little nationalism?

    September 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frankly Speaking..

    wow so many hispanics wanna be white so desperately.. Atleast on the comment board it seems like it, good luck self-loathing brown skinned people try as hard as you can you will never be white...

    September 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lola

      "frankly speaking" this has got to be the stupidest most ignorant comment I've read in a long time, its people like you who set us back hundreds of years. Shame on you I hope you don't go to church you ignorant racist 🙂

      October 2, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Frankly Speaking, if being white means being as petty, snide, unredeemably shallow and vain a a lot of posters here, I would rather be purple with orange spots and have Ronald McDonald hair, at least then I wouldn't stand out as much.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      To start, I am Hispanic but my race is 100% white from Costa Rica, blond hair, blue eyes. and an American Citizen if we talk about citizenship but that's not the case here. 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 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TKA

    Some of you all need to research the meaning of caucassian. Its a group that includes ppl from certain parts of Asia, Spanish ppl, Italians, even ppl from India who are very dark...darker than most black people some of the time. Don't confuse white as meaning the same thing as caucassian...bc it doesn't.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pablo Ruiz

    I'm hispanic. I like comment # 79. Oh how true it is!! Good one brother. War-like dividers vs. Peace loving Human Beings. Can keep us divided and we don't think being white is a Golden Ticket because in the world, its not. hahaha. Very Fox – like article.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Just have a few observations! 1st I agree with banasy, BWD (blogging while drunk) should be a crime, where's the blog popo! 2nd all the upset over who's hispanic or mestizos or caucasian, made me dizzy!!(((()))) ooowooo! 3rd your kids will not go to college for "Free" in Denmark, Norway or Sweden! That whole "free" concept of a socialistic system is a misnomer, but not as confusing as you might think! Here's the break down! You work, pay your 40-50% tax, that gets divided amongst all inhabitants, so that all have equal access to necessities such as: education, healthcare (medical & dental),all social services, unemployment compensation & re-training if applicable! That's the simple, quick explanation of the Social Democratic system used to great effect in Scandinavia! And this is why I laugh when Americans call Obama a socialist! The American system is Capitalistic, ok! I'm a Swedish immigrant, who is thinking about going back, if the GOP-TP makes this gov't anymore plutocratic! Other wise the US is cool!!

    September 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    I am Swedish & I like Alex's mindset! I repeat yesterdays post! There is but 1 race, the 1 called Human! There may be ethnicities & nationalities, but the Human Race is singular! Ask any Alien from a Galaxy far,far Away! 🙂

    September 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunter

      Fenace is soooo.. right we are all one people and we all just need to see that. I may be white but i am proud to have other humans just like me around myself...HUMANS =D

      October 1, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. nat white

    Remember the fall of the Roman Empire.where are the americans? China has it right.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. chillipepper

    I don't it we have black and white and Asian as a race but not hispanic? Hispanic is white? Bureaucrats!

    October 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      As others have said before, Hispanic is not a race–"Hispanic" refers to people who come from a Spanish-speaking country. Calling Spanish-speakers a race doesn't make any sense, just like calling all English-speakers doesn't make any sense. You wouldn't call Americans and Canadians one race would you?

      Just like the U.S. and Canada, countries in South America have people of many different races. There are white Hispanics, black Hispanics, Asian Hispanics, native Hispanics and mixed Hispanics. In Mexico, most people are of native/mixed ancestry (which is why most people think Hispanic = brown). But in Argentina, most people are white–they are of Spanish, Irish, German, or Italian ancestry (with almost no mixing with the indigenous).

      May 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. IDK

    If you're going to break-out Hispanics as a culture, then you might as well let Caucasians differentiate themselves too. Most Britons do not consider themselves the "same" as a German, Frenchman, or Italian. We're just the human race and, according to science, all people came out of Africa.

    October 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anaeliss

    @fernace,about time somebody remember there one human race! Or why else would whites be baking:tanning themselves to get brown like us people of colors? LOL

    October 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lola

    Peace people...peace. What would Lenon say?

    October 2, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sammy

    Ah dude I'm guessing the writer of this stupid article is a hispanic who so desperately wants to be white. Keep trying dude but you will fail everytime.

    October 2, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      To start, I am Hispanic but my race is 100% white from Costa Rica, blond hair, blue eyes. and American Citizen if we talk about citizenship but that's not the case here. 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 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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