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. Phil

    @jojo in response to your reply to "blackpeoplesteal"

    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 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Walker

    when do I get my affirmative action cheques and welfare?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    Just had to post how funny it is that regardless of the fact that the "minorities" are the majority, they are still referred to in the article as minorities. I guess someone will have to decide what is acceptable to call them as a group since the term "browns" isn't acceptable the way "whites" is. Of course, no matter what, everyone will still claim to be discriminated against by white people. Isn't it time that everything be equal in this country? No affirmative action/equal opportunity/"insert minority here" only scholarships, etc. Yes, I'm bitter having been the only white kid in my class until high school who was constantly bullied for being white and even though I graduated with above a 4.0 GPA (#7 in my class of over 1,000) I couldn't get a scholarship because minority students are ALWAYS chosen above a white student because they are assumed to be less privileged.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DEW

      Exactly....can I as a white man now ask for "assistance" and claim discrimination since I am now a minority? Seems only fair to me!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A. Grace

    The United States was founded by white pioneers, not immigrants and especially not immigrants of every color. That nonsense is Marxist brainwashing and it works just as good on whites as it does on the other colors coming for the spoils. Every time I see some fool say this nation was founded by immigrants, I want to barf. I do not want to see this country lose its white majority and any white that thinks being dispossessed is a good thing is one big fool. I miss 90% white America and do not wish to live in some Third World cesspool which is where this place is headed. Race is culture and you're going to find that out the hard way. This multiculturalism crap is being pushed by the globalists. The only thing standing in their way is liberty, a system founded by whites and, quite frankly, supported overwhelmingly by whites. Oh, and I can't wait to see black Americans trying to shakedown the non-white majority. Your days of freebies are coming to an end real soon.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      America was never 90% white. Read a book, illiterate son of a ....

      April 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      As recently as 1970 and for decades upon decades before that, you clown. Read real history and statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau will give you these statistics. Stop parroting some CNN host like Roland Martin.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    This is natural and the entire world will be mixed up. Get used to it, we are forcing the arabs in the gulf states to get used to it and Iran already has a healthy mixed culture society with even a huge population of jews. People need to learn to live together instead of staying divided.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MR. ED


    April 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The_Unspoken_Truth

    You people are so dumb.

    More than half of welfare checks are sent to whites!

    So the question you should be asking is...how do I stop my welfare checks.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      I love your generic statements. Where do you get your figures? Maybe if you include social security and medicare. How come people like you never add... 99% of welfare funded by whites. I watched Donna Brazil make a statement about scholarships when someone stated we needed scholarships for whites. she said "didn't they get them for the past 300 years?" Yeah, and who started the concept of scholarships? And who funds the vast majority of scholarships? WHITES. I am sick of these loonies complaining about whites yet they don't even have a clue as to who butters their bread!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKReadAGAIN

      Again, misleading information. Whites, while a majority would seem to get the most welfare and handouts, if you go only by that data.

      Compare the number of whites who get welfare to the total of their population..do the same for blacks and hispanics. While smaller in population , blacks/hispanics receive more welfare in contrast to their population total numbers. Surely you know math?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Your posts show your ignorance. Maybe if you read a book or some factual news you would be able to hold an intelligent conversation about race rather than spouting off nonsense.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve Fein

    Black population is exploding everywhere and they are murdering White at a very fast clip. Just yesterday a Black animal beheaded a lovely White model, 2 months ago same thing in Vegas.
    We demand that the White race be declared an endangered species and be protected from wild Black predators

    April 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

    -- http://911essentials.com

    April 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Banderman

    Good, do we now receive 'political correctness' to the nth, ridiculous degree? How about all those social programs? We'll take a boatload of those as well.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    CNN routinely puts out these articles. They are trying to instigate whites. It's an anti white gloating thing and they are trying with all their power to rub it in.Just look at the CNN cast... its filled with radical left wing white hating white marxists and lots of blacks and other non whites. It's a very racist propaganda network.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MR. ED


    April 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alex


    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    I've always disliked the use of words like Black, White, Yellow, Brown to describe people of different ethnicity. Color is more a matter of pigmentation than ethnicity. I've never seen anyone that was completely white or black, and it doe not matter anyway. Race is nothing more than a made up word used by one group to make them feel superior to another group. The world is a wonderful place because of our differences.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve Fein

    Nikkers now want White women to breed Mulatto animals with bad tightly coiled hair and no brains.

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