April 14th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

New York, San Diego no longer have white majorities

New census data confirm that some major metropolitan areas flipped from majority white to majority populations of minorities during the past decade.

White people are now in the minority in 46 of the nation's 366 metro areas, including New York, Washington, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis, said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

That number is up from 32 in 2000, 10 in 1990 and nine in 1980, Frey said.

The changes are a result of relatively slow growth among the white population, white people moving outside metropolitan areas, and huge increases in minority populations, especially Hispanic and Asian, he said.

Recent analysis also showed white children are in the minority in 10 states.

"[The 2010 Census figures] show we’re becoming a more diverse nation, especially in our metropolitan areas, and it's filtering out from there," Frey said.

The Census Bureau previously released the data for cities, counties and states, but data calculated for metropolitan areas and regions might give people a more accurate understanding of where they live, Frey said.

For example, while the population of the city of Atlanta grew by about 3,500, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area, as the Census Bureau calls it, grew by more than 1 million. The Houston and Dallas areas also had growth of more than 1 million, while the Phoenix and Riverside, California, areas both added more than 900,000.

See the fastest-growing metro areas.

"As we become much more of a suburban nation, the kind of glue that puts the community together is the idea of the metropolitan community," he said.

Looking at metro areas also can offer a deeper view of how people live in different areas. Frey has used statistics about metropolitan areas to calculate the most segregated areas in the country. In terms of white and black, the most segregated areas were around Milwaukee, New York, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.

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  1. White Person (really I am)

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOoooooooooooooooo........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Runnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • stranger steve

      Time to make a comeback!

      April 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH1108

      @JG – Been to a trailer park lately?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • .MR.Minority@ J G

      Yo…JG, you sound like the epitome of white trash dude. You don’t sound very educated with that comment unless you went to The University of KKK. Done any traveling outside the trailer park lately…and by the way, your kids are going to be meth heads ‘cause white people do the most drugs in the country… that’s a fact too!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • It is allwhite

      Affirmative Action here we come!!!!! WOHOO

      April 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Does this mean whites will now have access to minority scholarships? Affirmative Action? and other assistance aimed at helping minorities?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      Thank god someone knows what they're talking about!
      Listen, I am an example of a white Hispanic (light skin and blond hair). Does that mean I'm mixed? No. I am fully white in the sense that I could trace my family tree on both sides to European origins, namely Spanish.

      It's like this in my whole neighborhood. They look just like average "American white people", but their last names are Garcia, Hernandez, Espinoza, etc.

      What most people think of when Mexican, Latino, or Hispanic come to mind is just the native Indians of south America; disregarding the possibility that their own race could be Hispanic as well.
      April 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |

      April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Your so stupid

    April 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Your, a form of the possessive case of you. Its you are stupid, literally and figuratively.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus


      April 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      My stupid?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      Try "you are" or you're....Nothing worse than criticizing others when you can't get your own stuff in order
      Your turn.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chef Sun

      Hey Jazzzzz, it's you're NOT your. Try to learn English, but it probably won't matter as most people really do not speak English in this country anymore.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • guy

      @Paul – "It's" is short for "it is". That's what you should have typed instead of "its", which is of the possesive form.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      @Chef – We speak 'Merican here, get with the program.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      No,Jazzzzzzzzzz.He is truly being honest.Breeding is fine.Breeding irresponsibly is not.Comprende?..Understand?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TK57

      its - a possessive, not to be confused with it's (short for it is) so I guess Paul it's you WHO are stupid

      April 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • menyou

      @Dennis: If you're speaking French, it's "comprendez", not comprende! One would answer "Oui, je comprende" but the interrogatory form is comprendez.. Comprendez vous? Oui, je comprende.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Don't be bad mouthing us minority just cause we ain't talking perfect english. Hail the new minority! We be in charge now!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HernandezUSA

    All thanks to illegal immigration from our lousy neighbor south of borders.

    And a lousy leader in chief for the United States, but great for Mexico.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • gregory

      also why don't you ask your elected washington officilas whty they let in leagally 450,000 a year that is a city the size of Miami EVERY YEAR!!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Why do so many people seem to think that the POTUS is responsible for every law, policy, and regulation (or lack thereof) that exists in the world? Believe it or not, while very influential, the POTUS doesn't run the entire government by him/herself.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Alien Pilgrims? Are there also Robot Indians? Or Ninja Cowboys?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soccer Mom

      Excuse me and where does your last name "Hernandez" comes from???

      April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Wait, am I seeing this right?! "Hernandez" is against immigration?! Haha, @Hernandez why don't you want your latin relatives to move here? I mean, don't get me wrong... I don't want them to move here either! Haha

      April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      get kidnapped Hernandez!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Wow, if ignorance is bliss, some of your must be very happy. Hernandez is American, probably more American than your own last names because a Hernandez may never have needed any family to get in a boat to come over. It's just as American as Hoyt or Hanson.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • fcprop

      Third world invaders are arriving daily! Sad..

      April 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    This clearly shows, that allowing illegal immigration, is changing our country, and not necessarily for the better.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Your sentence clearly shows, that you don't know how, to use a comma, properly.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yep, its time to get our of NY... Never did i hear how great a neaighborhood got after the blacks and latinos moved in... If someone can argue that let me know.. Oh and use facts not BS

      April 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      @Joe – Every been to a run down trailer park? Or had a toothless meth-cooking white dude move in next door? I think that it's more about socio-economic class status than it is race. Granted there are still huge majorities of certain races that comprise the lower socio-economic classes, but I still believe that that's more an issue of their upbringing and class of origin than their race.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      D'm near spit my drink out laughing.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      So the crack head white person is what you compare the average latino (20 ppl in every home) and black (no job, couch in the yard) to???? Sounds like you agree with me...

      April 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Oh and if im so wrong about blacks and latinos then please tell me why our jails are overrun with them.. But again that is just 3 hots and a cot to the animals...

      April 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      @Joe – Maybe your argument would be stronger if you showed any signs of being able to spell, type, or properly construct a sentence.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      My statements are filled with facts and unless you have facts then i guess all u can do is be a spell check... Sorry that I am at work and just dont have that much time to look back and make sure all my stuff is spelled right or if i missed a comma... Any facts or u just mad???

      April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I couldn't agree more with Joe's first comment!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Time for a white history month.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Guest. I know how to use a coma properly. Come over here, I'll show ya!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Joe- who's the lazy one now. You're at work, so you're stealing time from your employer

      April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      It's the hallmark of a bigot to claim he's using facts when in fact he is just ignorant and only sees what he wants to see. For instance, you are probably referring to "white flight" in your post, but are too stupid don't understand the entire societal context of what you're talking about. Are there plenty of trashy black and latino ghettos in this country, especially in the cities? Yes there are. Are there a plethora of WHITE meth and crime riddled communities, especially sprawling across the midwest and in the south. Damn straight.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Rick – The problem is not immigrants. The problem is white people have lost family values. More and more white people are not getting married and having families. A very high percentage of white people are having only one or two children or none. How are you supposed to maintain your race when two people (couple) are creating 0 – 2 offspring only. Average immigrant families (Jews, Chinese, Indians, Hispanics, Muslims, Eastern European) both educated and uneducated families have at least 3 children. So go and tell all your white friends to stop partying and being selfish and start having more kids. That is the only way to fix this.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KBR

    I guess now the "white" minority can get in on the Affirmative Action gravy train.

    I also note that there is only one class of people who do not have a hyphenated origin. We never say "European-American". I say either you are an American or you are not and we are going use hyphenated origins for all Americans or none.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • YouKidnme

      I hear plenty of people referring to themselves as "Italian," "German," etc. that live in the U.S....and who are all of those people drinking green beer on St. Pat's day. The Boston Celtics... Yeah, it's just those darn African Americans.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      For sure! Now that there are no majority groups, can we stop giving preferential treatment to minority groups? Affirmative Action policy is a relic of a by-gone era in America's history and, while it was a much needed step forward at the time, I think it's about time it became just that... HISTORY.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ragincajun

      Not true – we have Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, German-Americans etc. Hyphenated Americans are just proud of their ethnic and cultural origins. And it's fine to be proud of your origins – it may even make for a better citizen. At least the person has a sense that some social and cultural qualities have a value and are worth promoting. When you highlight yourself as an example of that group, you're taking the risk of creating negative impressions of your group too. If that drives you to be an example of the best qualities of that group how can that be a bad thing? It's not like everything about any particular culture is bad. We're all Irish on St. Patrick's day, German for Oktoberfest, and Mexican for Cinco de Mayo.

      my two cents

      April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sid

      How about Native-American?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • gene

      They shall be known as the gimmee gimmee Americans

      April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      @ragin – I think you're correct, in the optimistic case. Unfortunately I think some people use their race (or rather the cultural stereotypes associated with their race) to some how justify negative behavior. Ideally, yes, the burden of improving the perception of your cultural origin would drive better behavior, but in reality I think that isn't always the case.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tek

      Hell yeah! Time for WET, League of Caucasian Voters, National Association of the Advancement of Caucasian People (New NAACP), National Caucasian Legal Consortium, National Counsil of Causacians, and the Caucasian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Time for any caucasians to start using the race card anytime anything does not go our way, Time for the caucaisians to have their own Malcom X, Time to flip the switch and see how the other races feel about being prosecuted for stuff that happened before they were born. You don't like my comments? Well YOU ARE A RACIST!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      I know you're trying to make a point, but you're just coming off as an idiot.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. msindepa


    April 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrei

      f u. illegals are not criminals. they want better life for them and their families. since when is that a crime?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • someoneelse

      They are criminals. And cowards. American forefathers FOUGHT for a better country. Illegals don't bother trying to change their country for the better, just try to milk off of people who already did the hard work.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walker

      By the way, dummy, neither criminals or illegals are counted in the census.

      Rather have a brown/yellow/black neighbor than a racist like you!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Atropos

      @ andrei
      If you participate in illegal activities, you are a criminal. If someone comes to this country illegally, yes they are criminals.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Illegals aren't counted Jack @$$

      April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      no, f u. because being in this country ilegally is a CRIME just like running a stop light. you can't pick and choose what laws to enforce.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Andrei, you can shove it and get the hell out of this great country.
      Illegal aliens ARE criminals. Each and every damn one of them. They should all have severe consequences and punishments for their actions.. Something much more severe than a simple slap on the wrist and being sent back, just so they can try it all over again!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • joejam

      hey andrei, using your logic: if drug dealers sell drugs in order to make money and have "a brighter future for their families", that's suddenly not a crime?? haha!! please go to school before trying to sound smart. 😉

      April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      Since they didn't get in line like the rest of us did. Andrei you are part of the problem, please tell me why my state should go broke and my kids get a lousy education due to overcrowded classrooms full of illegal alien's kids whose parents don't pay taxes but expect their kids educated for free, their roads maintained, city water, and all the other benefits that we pay for at no cost to themselves. Yea Their kids have a better life because medical care isn't free in the country they come from. Any clue why hospital costs are so high? How many illegals are easy to track down? Duuuuuh. Moron.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LilyHaze

      Many of the original immigrants to America came here to escape debt, or as punishment. Their children then fought for improvement.
      Sound familiar? The "success stories" of the children of immigrants are already pretty common.
      And, worth noting, they are throwing away everything they've ever known just to try and secure the safety and wellbeing of their children, not fleeing like cowards.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • manifesto

      They are neither criminals nor cowards and they bring with them a work ethic which is exemplary. You never see immigrants in the corners begging for change, do you? Only native-born.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Being in the US illegally is not, NOT, a criminal offense. It's civil.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ares

      Why is it that nonwhites always have to migrate to White countries to "find a better life?"

      Is it because nonwhite countries are full of nonwhite people?

      April 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Canadian Genius

    As a reality check, I don't think illegal immigrants are counted in the census. The census data reflects LEGAL immigration from non-white countries, and the higher birth rates o non-white groups. We are actually seeing the same trend in Canada.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Not true, it also includes who is living in a household. whether or not they report it on their census form is another matter.

      April 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yumaguy

      Actually, the census prefers to include illegals, they just tend to shy away from letting their info be collected. I guess I'm not that impressed with these numbers, since they're just saying there's more minorities than whites in these cities; I live where Hispanics alone outnumber whites.

      April 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Dawn

      I believe you are mistaken. The census forms don't even ask about immigration status. They ask about race and that's about it. So, um, yes they do count illegal aliens. Perhaps you should do a little research on US Census forms before you make such an easily refuted statement. I filled one out. I know what was on it. You can Google 2011 Census Form and it will pop up like magic!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Archie Bunker

    Ah GEEZ!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Allison

    That's fuhreaking awesome! Diversity is good!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry SevenEagles

      I agree. What a cool country we live in.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • joejam

      Diversity is good! I love seeing illegal aliens begging for work and urinating in my streets!! This country is so awesome!!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Are you kidding me? Diversity is f****** terrible! White is the only necessary race in this country! All illegals should have severe consequences! They are criminals!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scotuk

    We must remember that all "white Americans" are from Overseas, and if you place another countries name in front of american, for example African-American, Mexican- American, we must never forget that in this case there are no true white Americans, we cannot ignore our true roots.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. megan

    i think us whites need to jump the border and migrate to canada where there are standards of living and illegal immigration is not permitted!! FYI california DID count illegals. they had commercials running stating we don't care about your status only that we wanna count you. sickening.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I don't live in California, but I will say that if that is the case, I agree, it is wrong.

      I actually know people wanting to immigrate to Canada from elsewhere, and it annoys the Hell out of me when people sneak in instead of waiting their turn and going through the process like they are supposed to.

      April 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • HoosierDaddy

      Hahahaha, White people need to move to Antarctica. No one is there and you can have it all to yourselves

      April 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadianguy01

      @ megan Please do us a favour and dont migrate to our country. We dont need inbred american retards and trash poluting us. That goes for all your Americans. Stay in your country and dont come to mine. Thanks.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      No matter where white ppl were all these latinos and blacks would follow.. Who else is gonna pay the bills????

      April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThoughtProcess

      Wait, what is it that bothers you about knowing how many people there are in the US? It's the census. They're SUPPOSED to count the number of people in our country. If you exclude illegals and there's tens of millions of them, you really have no idea what's going on in your own country. This is science. Simple statistics. Not voting or opinions.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Who in their right mind would EVER move to Canada?????????? Their a bunch of drunks who cant do anything... When was the last time someone said what a great idea and the person with it was from Canada??? You bring NOTHING to the world and are lucky we share a border with you or you would be invaded every other week.. You have ppl on horseback protecting you.....hahahahaha You have socialized med.... You speak FRENCH!!!!!!!! Its too funny to keep going...

      April 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett


      Megan, you dolt, the Census has ALWAYS counted citizens and non-citizens since the very first census in the 1700's. Yikes... please learn a little history before you make yourself look that dumb.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • terracotta

      @HoosierDaddy, yeah, but then all your peops will want to come to Antarctica.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. canadiennn

    the begining of a new era

    April 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. canadiennn

    lets just remember where all we came from and why and not treat the latinos bad because we are all humans

    April 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    We are better than you, idiots, we work and clean for you, just say thanks Mexicanos, its true we bring drugs to the US but you people love it.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justinian


      April 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThoughtProcess

      Care to explain why Mexicans risk their life to leave a Mexican-run country and live in a non-Mexican-run country?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Thanks Mexicanos! I love your tacos, burritos, weed, tequila. margaritas, delivery men, cleaning ladies and landscaping skills.

      I also love to hat your soccer team.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      I prefer to have my money stay in the US, I by drugs from the guy down the street that grows them 🙂

      April 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • terracotta

      You clean because you don't need to be educated to do that. You Mexicanos are better at reproducing. If you said that, I'd agree with you.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. caligirl

    Everyone they could find was counted.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
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