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. TrulyAmerican

    Truly Americans are those who belong to any tribal from Argentina to Alaska, Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, Cherokees, Cheyennes, etc. any other races, are immigrants. The difference between the immigrants from 500 years and now, is: The first ones kills the natives, the second ones came to work. Both came here ILLEGALLY. As for races or colors is stupid classify people that way, specially by colors.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomS

      "Illegally?" Really. Back when the old worlders invaded the new worlders, as would have happened no matter what, was there some Native American ("American" isn't even what they called themselves, how could that be, an Italian named Amerigo was the inspiration)... was there some law that was broken? Was there a continent wide "power" to deal with? I'm afraid that those who are of N.A. extraction will just have to live with the fact that on this planet, the population of Eurasia was going to spill over to the smaller American continents. This is how history works out. You could go back in time, stop the Euros from invading but what of China? But for one emperor's hatred of the huge Chinese navy hundreds of years, back, well it would have turned out much the same, starting on the West coast, and they would likely have been more ruthless toward the natives than the Euros were. So quit this bellyaching about how it was "illegal" invasion... well that is a story as old as time itself.

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

    @DanDavis, I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for 117.37 and if you think thats awesome – my neighbour snagged a $999 Sony Vaio for only $92.73, its being delivered to his home tomorrow. I would be a fool to ever pay high retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy again. I even sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use SnagBids.com

    April 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mr.magooooooooooooo

    Do the jews want money from egyptians for 1000 years of slavery? No! They decided to take ish over and say to the arab's that oppressed them, We are ready for all you. click clack. Think Your gonna gonna get money from me when I never owned a slave. please. Never! Come take it. My ar-15 has a different view.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Hispanic male

      We have AR-15's as well... and we got them from you. we also have tons of funds in a war-chest, paid for by your insatiable thirst for drugs. get outta here you neanderthal. sadly we have trained killers before junior high. their disregard for your life....staggering

      April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nostradamus

    Once again the mainstream propaganda machine loves to stir up the masses against one another to distract us. Watch your money closely it's probably being stolen by the establishment again. Keep your eye on the ball!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |

    That is wonderful. What a pathetic country we are when this is considered news.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. VIVA LA RAZA!!!


    April 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gordon atl

    African americans usually can't state what nation they're from genius...I'm "African American" and because my father could not tell me where his ancestors came from because of slavery, I can't.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swede

      You're black and you actually knew your father? Amazing.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jon

    let the blacks, browns have the ghetto! just another hand me down from the white man.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OKReadAGAIN

    I find it funny that people eventually devolve into name calling on topics like these. Open your eyes and look beyond what is in front of you.

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

    Wow, the world is right. Americans are dumb.

    And they don't know history.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gene

    Sure, whites moved out when all the minority criminals moved in. They don't like being car jacked, mugged, robbed, and watch their neighborhoods tune into drug dealing, drive-by cesspools.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lgs2

    I've read the comments on this page. Let me start off by saying I am a black woman with a masters in nursing. Married for 8 yrs with one child. My mother paid for my education, no student loans. You all should not sterotype. That is so 1950's.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. poop

    blackpeople are taking over, im movine out of the us

    April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mama2four

    So does this mean the new minority, white caucasians, will get the same treatment, i.e. scholarships, job preference, assistance, as the minorities of the past have gotten?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    What the article isn't telling you is that whites are leaving these soon to be 3rd world cesspools and are creating 1st world towns and satallite cities. Blacks cannot maintain good living conditions. When the whites leave, it turns into little decaying africas like detroit, Oakland or Atlanta where there is a black majority. Blacks are artifically being kept alive with welfare, if you were to cut that, their race would starve and die out. That's what should happen. I don't know why we are tolerating that primitive enemy race anyway, those so called "White liberals" have a mental disorder which should be fixed with death.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonny

      And that's pretty much it.

      Truth can be hard. You've got to be hard to face it.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
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