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. OKReadAGAIN

    Ok for those that missed it: Whites are only becoming a minority in huge metro areas, this means whites are moving away from large population centers. Whites still make up 70% of the U.S. population, this is still a majority.

    Would be nice if they didn't write articles in such a confusing and misleading manner, but I don't see that changing any time soon.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Whites are less than 65% at this point, and dropping. They're barely maintaining their numbers in an absolute sense.

      When you replace a population with an average IQ of 100 (whites) with people whose average IQ is 85-90 (Hispanics and blacks taken together), the entire character of your country will change, and for the worse in every conceivable way.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert Puget Sound, WA

    GREAT news....now it's our turn to whine and snivel, and accuse 'them' of racist policies in hiring, pay, sloth etc.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ron

    drop this place move to austrilia......

    April 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ihaveabridgetosellyou

    They took our jobs!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ron

    look man austrilia is 98 percent white city. we drop this place. let them have it. and we go to austrilia and build nyc there....and new l a there. and only whites can live there. and thats it ! everybody got land.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      why Australia? to damn hot, skin cancer anyone. us white people belong in the cold climates. lol

      April 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • alovelyladie

      i we will eventually follow your white ass!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      You'll follow because you know you can't live without whites to leech off of.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hilo, HI

    Colonization through overbreeding will result in fuel and food shortages, as well as environmental destruction for development -economic collapse as well. (no amount of financial wizardry is capable of materializing jobs to fit these swelling numbers.)

    April 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • fcprop

      Look at India, the country is already on a path of it's own demise..

      April 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. supernautk1

    Can I get some affirmative action now?!?!?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Downfall

    A day will come when the white people of America have had enough. When other races have reached their breaking point they riot, kill each other and burn down their own neighborhoods. When whites decide to take back what they have created it will be a whole other ballgame. It will be a redemption like no other witnessed in history. Nothing is as dangerous as pushing intelligent, organized, ambitious and vengeful people into a corner.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ihaveabridgetosellyou

      Aren't the republicans doing that now?

      April 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawl

      I agree, shoving African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian people in the corner is a bad idea.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan13

      Thank you for admitting that Whites are vengeful...but all people are vengeful..depends on the invidual...stop hating...it will not only destroy America, but all of humanity!!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      The GOP is doing shiiite for whites. They're too busy claiming the "legacy" of MLK.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Girly

      Oh, yeah? You and what army? The era of the omnipotent white man is coming to an end. Have you heard about the non-white new billionnaires the world has today? All happened in the last few years. It is what it is, get over it...

      April 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ron

    my neighborhood is crawling with them. i have had to move like 4 times in the last 5 years. i dont know how long i can fend them off. every where i go latinos. like if moved to mars there would be a latino. hola ! towel senor. beep beep like a martian.

    the only solution is austrilia......

    April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      Australia. I let it go the first 17 times I read it, but the 18th time, I just had to say something! But, because of the way you look at life, there will always be a "them" there to bother you. It may not be Latinos in Australia, but it will be some group, I guarantee it.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronisaloser

      white trash at its finest!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Guester

    Somewhat misleading article . The US population is 65.1% white, 15.8% Hispanic and 12.9% Black.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr White

      We need more whites. Everyone who is white, please have another kid. Thanks.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      The problem is ( as the article states) is that the population change is taking p[lace in the cities. The overall population may still be 65% white, but who the freak wants to live in Minnesota or Montana just to live near more white people?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Living among whites is the best. Certainly orders of magnitude better than being surrounded by "urban" flavor.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • rider83

      I find it funny how many whites are so protective of the minorities! It is also interesting how all of these whites respond to everything by name calling, it must be because they don't have an honest answer to anyones questions! They have been trained quite well by the propaganda from the liberals! It must feel horrible to hate your own color and realize you have no one who gives a damn about you or your foolish idealism! You get what you deserve, white liberals think they know what is best for the rest of us, I can't wait till your rude awaking! When the minorities take over and decide to get rid of the whites I hope they start with the arrogant white liberals!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mr.magooooooooooooo

    It is going to be idioacracy.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert Zagrodzky

    I looking forward to the 1st lawsuit file by a white under one of the civil rights laws.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassypants

      Not a bad idea since our president doesn't seem to be concerned about our plight.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dosen't matter if you are good looking people

    all the ugly people from India, Armernia, Palestine get the hell out of here.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ron

    its al white peoples fault cause they move. plain and simple you white people get scared.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKReadAGAIN

      Maybe it is fear, but most whites I know enjoy living in a peaceful civil environment: Things that most majority black/hispanic neighborhoods are not. Its a white thing. 😉

      April 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassypants

      I like peace and quiet and order.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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