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. joe

    America is america. If you don't like it, get out. White people wanna go to canada? Go ahead. Best country in the world-USA!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnycaaash

      i guess i just am not a fan of freeloaders who shoot people and take all the white mans money. sure some white people kill but not nearly as many as black people and there are less of them. no more government handouts to idiots who dont wanna work 40 hours a week

      April 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dim Mak

    8million immigrants came here under President Bush AND a Republican congress between 2001-2005. About half of those were illegal. Gracias presidente Boosh.

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

      Immigrants come to this country legally and illegally by the millions each year regardless of who is president. But don't let me stop you from assigning blame where you want to assign it regardless of fact.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. matt

    Well not only is it due to rising immigration but it take a genius to see that lower class people reproduce to much and most lower class people are minorities

    April 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • smarterthan you

      Idiot!

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

      Why call him an idiot? One only needs to pull up data of birth rates vs household income, birth rates vs ethnicity, and ethnicity vs household income. A bit of google searching, and checking the more reliable results would do it.

      He could have been more diplomatic, though.

      April 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Senora Gringa

      My husband is Hispanic. That doesn't mean immigrant, just of Spanish descent. We have one child with a Master's degree, one in nursing school and another about to join the military to serve his country. My country. Your country. Don't disrespect my husband and children, your fellow countrymen, US citizens all simply because their skin color is a little tanner than yours. My son is willing to die in service of you even though you don't deserve it.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. canadaaa

    awasome the begining of a new era

    April 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Thinking that some "new era" just started is just plain stupid

      April 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TML

      Yes, a new era! The era being the decline of western civilization!!! Hooray!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. YesWeDoCare

    @Scotuk – Yes, I agree and will even take it one step further. The only "true" Americans, are the native American Indians. At least what's let remaining of them. The "white Americans" from overseas came to America and horribly killed them and took all their land.
    Anyways, this country is supposed to be built on diversity. At least that's what I hear and read.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • iceAge

      Care to explain how the "native" Americans got here in the first place?
      I'll give you a hint: a land bridge from Asia during the last ice age....

      Also the 10,000 year old mummy found in Washington, Kennewick man, had Caucasian features... Makes you think.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. YesWeDoCare

    @Cesar – Speaking of that, I'm still waiting for my recent order for two pounds of Acapulco Gold. What's up?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rob

    Illegal immigrants are counted. The status of immigrants is not. If we counted just legal residence and citizens the numbers would be drasticly different.

    You may clean the houses and "do the jobs we don't want". But that is only because you do it for less and steal the jobs from Americans. No one has proven that we don't want to do it, just that we expect more for our labor.

    Diversity is good, but I don't want diversity with criminals. We need diversity with of those who will obey the laws. If you want to be an American the first thing you need to do is learn the laws and live by them.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Yes..that's my favorite, shipment arriving late April, should I put you on waiting list?!! very lucky to have friends in the police, they help a lot, take care of me, supply free coke to them.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dwaynejohnsonin

    mmmm, hmmmm...its obamanation...next is alejandro gonzalez for presidente!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. white male

    I think everyone is missing the point my family came from germany legally learned the language quit speaking german and embraced american culture instead of trying to turn this place into there old homeland the key is they came here legally they waited 3 years instead of jumping a fence and demanding citizenship call illegal immigrants what they are CRIMINALS

    April 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justinian

      You are a nazi then

      April 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      You are right on the money, except that I don't care if immigrants hang on to their own customs. I just want them to speak the same language as us when they deal with us, and obey our laws.

      April 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old boy

      Your ancestors had to cross an ocean so it was much more difficult to get here but not as difficult to gain legal entry. You can't blame people for wanting to find a better life here, just people have for over 200 YEARS! Like it or not, spanish is the second language in America and always will be.

      Also, why does everyone forget that half of the US was formerly Mexico! Even after the Mexican-American War, there were loads of spanish-speaking Mexicans in this vast region and the whites were still in the minority for years there. People really need a history lesson and maybe a lesson in tolerance of those who may look, act and seem different.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dwaynejohnsonin

    Thas right...I can't even get my cup a joe and stuff wit out da mans and them speaking like some mexicali stuff yo

    April 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. seniortaco

    Do gew need to get jor law mowed? I cans help get jor laws mowed mistor?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    welcome to hell

    April 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    Next stop: white extinction. Pat yourselves on the back liberals.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Shephard

    Gee I wonder who's going to pay all the bills once the white man is gone – white man is the one with the brains and education to make the big bucks. This will be very interesting especially since I read an article that the black people in Jamaica are dying their skin white. It's just going to make white man more popular and sought after.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      Seriously???

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

      Apparently both brains and education skipped over you.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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