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. ron

    then you move. then other white people.....move...

    April 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. white male

    it don't make sense,whites are the largest minority,minorities are now the majority so who exactly is the majority now?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Whites are still a majority, about 65%, probably a bit less at this point.

      As the ranks of whites thin, and those of blacks and browns increase, expect America's slow decline to become a mad downhill rush.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George

    How about all of you uneducated morons look up what "race" really is. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RACE.
    Go to Youtube and look up "the race illusion". The only thing you are doing is discriminating based on what people look like and where they come from, which is completely illogical.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Thank you. You are probably the most intelligent person on here.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie2g

      True. There's one race, human, and different ethnicities.

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

      While it may be true that different races don't exist, different cultures do exist. The unpleasantness begins when different cultures step on each other's toes.

      I'll be the bad guy: A Latino family moved into a rental in my neighborhood last year. The patriarch came to meet me while I was doing yard work. She bragged that she lived in the house with her daughter, her son, her son's wife, and their combined four kids. Better yet! Her sons wife was expecting again! Also, two Chihuahua. No joking.

      It was a two bedroom house. They were packed in there like mice. Yes, most of the adults seemed to work, but when they weren't, they lived on the front porch, listening to ranchers music and held an ever-present "yard sale", wherein they threw worthless items on their lawn and tried to sell them.

      Not pleasant for me, or the rest of my neighbors.

      Yes, I'm a middle aged white woman, but doesn't my culture count too? I understand that much of it is personal preference, but if they are offended at my shock and repulsion, then why settle in the middle of my people?

      Do my cultural values of financial and procreational responsibility not count?

      If so, why not?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassypants

      Maybe you need to pick up the Bible and read it. Race has been around for a long time. When God told Noah to put the animals in the ark he paired them with like species. He didn't put an elephant with a giraffe. Having said that, the church needs to remember that God looks at a man's heart not his outward appearance. This is why anyone who says they are a Christian should not focus on race but on an individuals values and character.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ron

    and move

    April 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MT

    so does this mean the affirmative action swings the otherway and the whites will be hired first before other race groups in those cities?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ron

    then the city is empty of whites.................and latinos move in.

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

      Then the country slips into a third world state similar to mexico

      April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      again stop being so ignorant.

      im Hispanic and i would bet i look "whiter" than you?

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

      I'm not being ignorant or racicist facts are facts the only reason mexico is not like an african country is because its next to the us

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

      i was responding to ron.

      he automatically thinks all latinos are native indians.

      omg! lol for the last time, hispanic, latino, mexican are not races.

      im one of those, and im butt-a$$ white.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BlackPeopleSteal

    UMMMMM THIS IS because black people and mexicans LOVE to have children... THIS IS RUINING AMERICA AND GIVING IT A BAD, BAD NAME!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • white male

      More kids= more welfare

      April 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dosen't matter if you are good looking people

      I have news for you, the ones who are having babies like rats are the people from India, Pakistan, etc the ugly ones who are now taking over this country.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      Black people steal.
      WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE BIGGEST CRIMINALS OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS .YOUR ANCESTORS HAVE STOLEN FROM EVERY CONTINENT ,ENDING UP RICH AND NOW YOU ARE LAUGHING AT PEOPLE WHO WHERE THE VICTIMS.
      I WOULD BE SO ASHAMED OF MYSELF IF I WHERE YOU FOR BEING SO IGNORANT AND STUPID FOR NOT EDUCATING YOURSELF ENOUGH TO KNOW THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL WHICH IS WHITE PEOPLE.
      PUT YOUR PRIDE ASIDE AND THINK DEEPLY AND PUT YOURSELF IN A BLACK MAN'S SHOE WHICH I DONT THINK YOU WOULD TRY.BE A SLAVE AND READ ABOUT HOW THEY WHERE TREATED AND HOW YOU ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A LIVING FOR YOUR CHILDREN , AND THEN ASK YOURSELF WHO THE REAL THIEF IS??!!!
      HOPE YOU ARE EDUCATED ENOUGH TO DO THAT OR KEEP YOUR WHITE PRIDE AND ONE DAY YOU GONNA PAY DEARLY FOR NOT RESPECTING OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.
      YOU STOLE FROM YOURSELVES AND BLAMED A BLACK MAN, NICE TRY , YOU DESTROY YOUR OWN COUNTRY AND NOW YOU ARE BLAMING OBAMA,WHERE IS YOUR PRIDE IF YOU CANT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR OWN FAULTS? SHAME ON YOU !!!!
      BEING A DOCTOR TREATING AND TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE WHO 99% OF PATIENTS ARE WHITE AND THEY ARE VERY WONDERFUL PEOPLE.I SEE SICK PEOPLE NOT SICK WHITE PEOPLE !!THE INSIDE IS SAME NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF PERSON YOU ARE DEALING WITH.YOU ARE MISLEAD BY YOUR WHITE SKIN, IT FOOLS YOU. ONE DAY YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO BUT ILL TELL YOU THAT I LOVE EVERYONE AND MY KIDS HAVE A WHITE MOM I LOVE AND I LOVE ALL THE WHITE PEOPLE AROUND ME , BUT DISGUSTED BY A FEW LIKE YOU.
      GET OVER YOURSELVES , PEOPLE OF ALL OTHER RACES HAVE COME TO A CONCLUSION THAT MOST WHITES ARE JUST GOOD AT MANIPULATING AND OPPRESSING!! NOT ANY MORE.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jojo

    soon you white people will learn how it feels to be minority.it sucks but you will eventually learn to respect other human beings which most of you have a had time coz of white pride.However i Love you white people and you are so wonderful, not everybody is same and the good ones never stand up against the bad ones which is a big problem.but the bad ones will learn to respect other human beings in blood shed.
    One people one love.
    peace for everyone.
    jojo

    April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghostality

      I already know. I'm gay and white.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Your comment is one of the most ignorant, racist comments I've seen in a long time. Obviously you don't know about the history of Africa because they've been putting their own people in slavery for thousands of years. There were hundreds of thousands of white people that died in the civil war to liberate black people from evil white people. If you actually look at the history of white Europe compared to the rest of the world at the time, you would see that they were probably some of the most humane and respectable people in comparison. What do you think Asia, Africa and the Middle East were like for the last thousand years? Barbaric, racist, genocidal etc etc. Keep your ignorance to yourself. If you are actually a doctor, you should be ashamed at your ignorance.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      And non-whites will yearn for the good old days when whites ran things.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. INOBAMAWETRUST

    When MLK said America's shame it was really about the evil white race. The sooner they aren't in control the better for us and our dream comming true. I can't wait to someday make them have to pay us for slavery.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackPeopleSteal

      OBAMA SUCKS.....HOW CAN U LOOK UP TO SUCH AN IGNORANT MONKEY?

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

      Hispanics will be next in line for majority my deluded friend. They do not bear the burden of 'white guilt'. Good luck with your reparations.

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

      Wow

      April 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. USA: THIRD WORLD RISING

    Welcome to http://www.NewNation.org

    It's FOR THE CHILDREN!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OBAMANATION

    ColorOfCrime.com

    April 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mr.magooooooooooooo

    The sooner we are not in control the sooner the colored people can oppress whites and do the same thing they do in Africa,mexico. Kill each other off and whites will be back in control.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TorontoTransplant

    Reading the comments here is a real eye-opener – what a terrible shame!
    How about a reservation for racists! You can all hang out together and hate, hate, hate – while the rest of us get on with our lives.
    Signed – white and ashammed of my race!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • mr.magooooooooooooo

      Never be ashamed of your race. You have already been brainwashed to hate yourself.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      Yes, please don't be ashamed of being white. The ones making the stupid, rude and ignorant comments are the ones who should be embarrassed, not those like you (and me) who abhor racism and DO speak up against it. I agree with you and more should speak up. But, be proud that you do, and realize that there really are lots of white folks who do, even if they aren't posting on this particular article.

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

      Are you kidding me? You're probably hang with the group of idiots that goes and apologizes for slavery on behalf of you race. If you're ashamed of your race bust a michael jackson and change your skin color or better yet, go move to another country.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    All I want to know, are where are my minority benefits that all the other races enjoy? When whites get passed in total population US wide, they'll keep giving benefits to the other races, they'll just rename it something else.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AnneP

    Great! Now white people can have minority rights too! Minority rights for whites! Minority rights for whites!

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

      Actually no. Whites are not considered a minority currently in any place were their numbers are lower than other races. It is written in the law for whites to have no recourse when they are dispossessed.

      Whites will never have minority status even when the day arrives and whites are the minority. It is by design.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
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