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. Xmannt

    New York. Holla

    April 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mammy

    White people still get stuck with paying for everything though.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Homeland_security_since_1492

    White Power to the People!!! Lets move to Australia and leave this cesspit of racial diversity! When we're there we can rid ourselves of em' aborigines who live there. Make Australia a Fortress of White Power!!! I will miss Chinese take-out some a few of them vermin can come with us to cook for me. I'll also need some people to do the jobs that I myself would never do, so we'll bring some of em latino vermin as well. I'll also want to watch Monday Night Football, so we'll bring a few of em' blacks too. But besides that it will be whites only.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasCowboyFan

      Haul a@$ then homeland security since 1492. But the chinese people and the football brothers stays in America. Got to have me some shrimp fried rice and I have to watch my beloved Cowboys. Paid too much money for those damn seats!!!!!!!!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    You young whites folks better start having mor babies.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Phred

    This entire article is one big troll....just because the white population does not outnumber every other group COMBINED does not make them a minority. They still outnumber every other group individually.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The_Unspoken_Truth

    The best affirmative action is the one that uses connections.

    I will never forget this one thing this guy in HighSchool told me.

    He saw that I was making good grades and being smart in school. He told me even though he struggled in school, all he had to do was run his father's million dollar business.

    DOn't think for a second minorities are the biggest beneficiaries of making it without paying dues.

    There was this kid I worked with on Wall Street who didn't even have a college degree. I have never seen a minority in such a high position without college.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      "He saw that I was making good grades and being smart in school."

      Most people who are genuinely smart, are smart all the time not just in school. It's not "being smart" unless you mean "wiseass." Maybe this is why your statistics are off. You're no longer is school.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      You missed the entire point.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bert

    When I was growing up books stated that there were five races: white, black, yellow, red and mulatto, which was a mix of any of the others. Somewhere along the way, this was changed, so now we are caucasians (how many whites are real descendents of these people), asians, latinos, afro-americans (what a joke, most of these people were not born in Africa or have ever even been there to visit), etc
    I would suggest that we stop categorizing people and realize that we are just human beings, nothing less, nothing more.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    So What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't care if Martians are in the majority!!! I hate to break it to you ,but we all live in the same world. WHEN IS THIS RACIAL CRAP GOING TO STOP?????????????

    April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raymond

    The Quran 49:13

    "O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into races and tribes, so that you may identify one another. Surely the noblest of you, in Allah‘s sight, is the one who is most pious of you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware"

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

      Surely, Allah is full of carp. You could quote Shakespeare and it would be just as relevant. P.S. Stop calling him Shirley. That angers him almost as much as eating a hot dog or shaking hands with a Jew. "roll eyes"

      April 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    Africa for the Africans.
    Asia for the Asians.
    White countries for everybody.

    It's genocide.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Right on dude!!! White Power!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Homeland_security_since_1492

    Damn Muslims. They're all terrorists! They never did anything good for this world. All they've done is
    1. Keep the Mongols from destroying Europe
    2. Reintroduce Mathematics and Science into the Renaissance
    3. Preserve the great works of Aristotle, Cicero and numerous others from antiquity
    4. And let the Christians have safe passage from Jerusalem after the reconquering of the city. (If you read about the first crusade, you'll see that the Christians righteously sacked and pillaged the city. But the Muslims being the evil foe they were allowed those very same Christians leave without harm and visit and worship there... Dam'nd dirty rotten Muslims)

    April 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JImBob

      JimBob is sad that you have to reach so far back into history to find positive things about Moslems. Is it because their recent history is so filled with hate, murder, terrorism, warmongering, enslavement of women and on and on. Bring back the Moslems of the 1300's, get rid of these crazy ones dominated by the Arabs, then we'll agree.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      JimBob its true reading about em' Moslim Terrorist does make a good white man sad. But you know what, real white men doing something about it. Now pick up your pitchfork and march in the streets. Rally around all our other white brothers. We'll cleanse this nation!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello , there!!

      you forgot that they hate and kill humans just in the name of religion.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckmartel

      You need a history lesson. The Mongols who fought and defeated the Ottoman empire were muslim, (ie Tamarlane). The muslim expansion into Europe was stopped by the military efforts of the Byzantines, Franks, Austro-Hungarian bunch, and others. Different times and places of course.
      The Byzantine empire did not go through a dark age and muslims acquired the old great works via culteral exchanges with Byzantium mostly. What stuff do you think was being moved from Constaninople to Venice during the final siege at 1453?

      I could go on. You need some science lessons as well. I am not saying the old school muslims didn't do some good stuff but you overstate with PC jibberish. Also remember, the old sckool muslims fought for their jihad with real armies back then. Big difference now.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      The Crusades were a response to the sacking of Rome by Muslim pirates, incusions into Eastern Europe by the OttomanTurks, the taking of Malta, Sicily and Cyprus by Muslim invaders, and forced conversions in North Africa.

      The learning of teh Greeks was preserved in monasteries all along, but so few people could read that their scholasticism was unappreciated.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. white male

    I want what he's on I got $ how much

    April 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Davi

    Our politicians gave America away decades ago. I live in Mexifornia. Mexicans have bankrupted our state now and it is all downhill from here. Europian immigrents did make this country what it is today, but these unwanted and uneeded immigrents from corrupt countries are ruining it ASAP.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Right on!!! White Power!!! Join the Crusade against these invading foes!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peri

      I don't know Davi... I think the 400 years of free labor may have had a part in it.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GrandInquisitor

    charlie – go back and have another drink and stop this blogging stuff. We have another show to do and the goddesses are getting cranky.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    articles like this have the potential to be dangerous. It can lead white people to think they have the right to organize along racial lines like blacks, hispanics, and asians do? 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Have the potential to be dangerous!!! What kinda liberal BS is that!!! You and your kind shall be the first to fell the wrath of WHITE POWER!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      "Homeland" – After a lifetime of being told I'm a racist just for breathing, after decades of relentless anti-white propaganda and hatred in America, the whole "white power" thing is starting to actually sound pretty good.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
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