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. Chezwick

    Now white folks will be eligable for "special rights" like all of the past minority population in the US.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seaburger

      To bad the special rights are designated by color and not by actual "minority" status..very short sighted by lawmakers.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dan

    The whole thing is stupid - the media loves to categorizes and stereotype everything. The majority of hispanics are from European ancestry. Why are they not considered white? We have weird dividing lines where we categorize some people with and other based on culture. We mix apples and oranges. So stupid.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • PARROT


      April 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • YankeeRabbit

      They are part of a deliberate program to replace Whites in America since 1965.

      It is genocide.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      No, dan the majority of so called hispanic is Mestizo a mixture of white and native america. However, many cuban americans are white, and those the ones you see in hollywood films. You hardly see native americans looking so called hispanic that look like George Lopez in hollywood movies, who for all practical purposes represent the majority especially in California.

      Can you honestly say this is a white guy, lets be real
      This is the majority especially in California.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      The US Census Bureau ditinguishes between white Hispanics and non-white Hispanics. Teh next time you fill out a government form take a look at the choices for race.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 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 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk Waldon

      Why are you on here trying to defend the truth, huh? Just travel to West Virginia, Kentucy, Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, and many other states in our union and you will see a great number of Caucasian on the government system tham any other race. Those area are soooo po' 'til they look like third world countries. Those people were hurting when President Johnson fought the 'War on Hunger' stating that all the po' mountain folks were so unforgotten in this country. He started the food stamp program since the Warld War II commodities weren't healthy enough to feed the American poeple.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NPhxAz

    So it really comes down to quality of life in our ever changing cities. If we will be better off moving out of rotting cities, for the sake of a decent quality of life, and a decent education for our children- then that's just how it will have to be. But if anybody thinks for one second that ALL the various ethnic groups will not segregate themselves, no matter where they live, they are naive. At least I can still always find plenty of good Americans with good kids just like mine. I just have to keep them well focused and fostered in this sketchy old beannie weinnie town. They are well aware and proud of the fact of who they are. As are their American friends. We'll see who adds up to what in the end.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. beano


    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trl

    ....so now that whites are the minority we should now benefit from affirmitive action, be able to have a NAAWP, and get special treatment for many things because WE are now the minority.......boy our country is going backwards fast and it just keeps getting worse.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ASU

      please tell me your kidding and you have a little common sense

      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • josie

      Take a class. Any class.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |


    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Well hell... that's not real optimistically reassuring!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      yes, i am a white Hispanic and so are 97% of my neighbors.

      we will become the mediators between all the Hispanics (whether they're white, black, or Asian)
      and i guess white people?

      but how can white people be in two categories in this situation?

      oh yeah i forgot i never read a damn book or science article in my life, so i still think that Hispanics are a race, and that all Hispanics are native Indians (this is the real race most people are referring to anyways).

      is this too hard to understand.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • What are u saying, amigo?

      The White Mexicans and Latinos are as racist as the rest of the white population. Just watch the Latino channels such as Univision, Telemundo and more the ones who are taped in Miami and you will hardly see a black or brown skin reading the news or directing a show, they import white Mexicans and Latinos and ignore the browns who were born here. If you understand Spanish you will be disgusted how this people address about the brown or black Hispanics. It is disgusting and it is happening in this country.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Hola, Parrot! Que pedo? LOL!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PARROT


      April 15, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alex


    April 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    Every white country on the planet is forced to become multicultural and multiracial. EVERY white country is told to end its own race and culture. No one asks that of ANY non-white country. Immigration and intermarriage is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries.

    Anti-whites call themselves "anti-racists", but their actions lead to the elimination of one race and only one race, the white race. The true goal of anti-racism is to wipe out my race.

    It is genocide.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckmartel

      Just warming up. PC is the ultimate in pure genocide.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Maybe its not a conspiracy. Maybe all these poor uneducated hispanics are coming here because their governments are corrupt and their poor citizens want out. Also those people tend to breed more (same with middle easterners emigrating to european countries) than white people. I dont mind other races, I DO mind multiculturalism which teaches that they should be allowed to transplant their culture here and coexist with ours. If their culture is so great and their people so smart and good, why do they need to come here and leech off of our drive and success and then demand bilingual signs everywhere?

      April 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      Multiculturalism = anti-white and anti-Western racism. It has no other purpose.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bama

    What in the hell are you rambling about?

    April 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LaurenFaye

    Does this mean that being white means we will get more opportunities for things such as scholarships? I am a full time college student at a private university and I find it frustrating how many "minority" scholarships are available yet none for just whites..... Its ridiculous.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill


    April 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy


      April 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk Waldon

      In Euorpe and in the states BROWN seems to in. They are spreading world wide along with the Asian bomb. So, try not to have a white female. Your grandchild just might be 50%.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jessica

    Wow, those must be really strong drugs.

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

    Since I am planning on relocating to an Asian country anyway the influx of Asians is OK with me. Most Americans have become so PC stupid or repub stupid, I noticed I spend more time dealing or associating with them. The record setting influx of people from the most vile parts of the planet is not ok with me though. They seem to want to bring their backward self destructive ways with them and most are not assimilating. Many of our recent diversity imports openly express their intention of not trying to assimilate and think what is left of the pre-diversity US should assimilate to the backward ways that make their own countries the sewers that they are. Of course our muslim imports have been a real plus. Hard to believe that only a couple of decades ago, I never would have anticipated standing shoeless in lines at airports with 3 oz carry on, islami nuts with bonbs in their shoes and underwear on Christmas day flights, thousands of Americans killed by islami imports with known terrorist history, etc. Celebrate the diversity!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      I agree – immigrants do not assimulate like they used to, which is a big problem for our society. We should not bend over backwards for such people, it's them that needs to change, not us. If they don't like it, don't come here.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mick

    Wow what a bunch of racists, oh well hope your cointry crumbles into dust, cause India and China will be taking over this planet very soon – if not earlier. hahahaha stuff that bigots!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      In your opinion we are "racists." You are just saying that because we are white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • w22

      In your opinion he is a racist your just saying that because he is white.

      anti-racism is a code word for anti-white!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckmartel

      Yeah right, China and India are going diversity. For example, China is well known for impoting ultra violent dope dealing street gangs. Their justice system is also far more tolerant of diversity. You PC idiot. Learn something about your planet.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      Go ahead, idiot, celebrate your own dispossession! You won't be celebrating anything too much longer.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      I've been to India twice. From what I've seen, the place is so f'ed up, it won't be ruling anyone sooner OR later!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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