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. MR. ED

    cnn.....is this some kind of news? to who? or just something to give us.......or instigate........either way is working......somebody has to start it ....right?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. swim

    It is scary to think of what will happen as the number of whites(taxpayers) continues to decline. This country will end up just like Africa and Mexico. People have fled from this countries because they are socially and financially in ruins, and not least of all violent. The exact same thing will happen here. What will all of these people do when they no longer have whites(taxpayers) to support them. These people are already violent, it will be truly scary to witness what they will act like then!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    awesome – so now that whites are no longer the majority, and now that we have a half-black president, can we NOW get rid of things like Affirmative Action, scholarships for "minorities" (who are now in the majority), and other types of racial quotas?

    If whites are in the minority now, how about allowing those scholarships to go to them, after all, they're now a "minority" as well...

    April 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I also meant to say that, in addition to getting rid of Affirmative Action & race-based-scholarships, we should also get rid of the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, business loans based on race, and any other race-based programs...

      April 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bella98

    I lived in Hawaii on the big island for 7 months. I've never felt so discriminated against in my life, if you're white you can't find work. I was made to feel like I had the plague. It was inevitable that whites would eventually become a minority, its sad & its not but it is a fact of life .

    April 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrulyAmerican

      and how you feel being discriminated by your color?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. enid

    good! now I can act like a minority....gimme , Gimme, GIMME! I cant work hard, I am a minority...hire me to meet the quote of minority.....so I dont have to work as hard!!! Now I can get grants and free stuff too!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      According to some statistics, a minority has a smaller chance of getting a job than a white with a misdemeanor. So much for that "handout" theory.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Welcome to Reality


      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. meese1960

    Who cares!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marc F.

    Some of the comments on this article are incredible. This board reads like a White Power rally. Many of you need to quit deluding yourselves and shave your heads, cut up your bed sheets, and buy a copy of Mein Kampf.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john sanchez

    OMG! All the Hispanics are taking over! The white population is diminishing from the city.

    "Hispanics" can be white, black, or even asian. *gasp* "You don't say!?"

    Relax don't let the idiotic media tell you that all Hispanics are Indians, like so many assume.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKReadAGAIN

      White typically infers Caucasian. Hispanics cannot be Caucasian. They should change the terminology for the census to specifically state Caucasian.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      what? "Hispanics cannot be Caucasian."

      All Spaniards are Hispanic. Most Spaniards are Caucasian.
      Therefore, at least one Hispanic is Caucasian.

      You are also wrong about another statement. But, I'll let you practice some research for yourself.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    These numbers are not entirly accurate. Hispanics for example, are not a race. We have white, black and in between, but they are all classified as minority – Not that it matters to them – as race in the hispanic community is not as relevent to them as is the hispanic culture.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Welcome to Reality

    So I take it that whites can benefit from Affirmative Action (AA) in these 45 cities? And that whomever the new majority is cannot benefit from AA?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Kinda like benefitting from slave labor for 500 years and leaving the freed slaves out in the street in poverty...

      April 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ghostality

    Gosh, I wish I had this many comments on my website. Man CNN is lucky! Well, ya'll behave and don't beat each other up. I gotta get some shuteye. If you are out there and feel wronged by someone that is not of your race, remind yourself that everyone is only trying to survive and find a little happiness before they check out. It's the name of the game. Instead of fighting, try to think of the good things you like about other races around you. Don't focus so much on the bad part of any given people. There is so much good stuff in everybody. G'Nite!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fcprop

    All of the years of illegal immigration will eventually bring down this great Nation..

    April 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Hundreds of years ago, illegal immigration already ruined present-day America...and it was started by the Euros.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fcprop

    I live in San Diego right now and the majority of Hispanice live within 10miles of the border, the rest of the area is white with some asian sprinkled in. Bottomline the whites have the money and the hispanics are bottom feeders.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Affirmative action for whites! Sweet!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Welcome to Reality

      Seriously! If you live in any of those cities, you no longer have any fear of losing your job, since no matter what your qualifications, you can easily find 100 more nearby...

      April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john

    All high crime cities, lol.....adds up....lol

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

      lol like whites dont commit crimes.

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