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. lost in the turmoil

    I am at a loss for all that has been said before me... I think I should just ponder on it for a bit before I jump to a conclusion I would/could regret!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Bama and Jessica,

    I think he is making veiled racist comments about black people.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peri

    @Dead Simple, I think they should start the euthanization with you. Please forward the address of your trailer park.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Whiteman

    There are humans (Caucasians) and non-humans ( all the other races).

    April 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Jeff Whiteman you're a smart man!!! Join the Crusade brother!!! We must unite with the other Caucasians against these non-humans. P.S. did you know that those vermin latinos and arabs are considered Caucasian)

      April 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      No, there are smart people who know better and there are people who aren't smart enough to know how dumb they really are.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasCowboyFan

      You folks are unbelievable.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brian

    The majority of hispanic is not white but mestizo, which is a mixture between native american and european. However, since the ninties there have been more so called latinos especially from southern and central mexico that are native american extraction, and many of these people should be catogorize as that. However many cubians in Miami are indeed white, yet in Cuba blacks are a large minority some statistic my states blacks are a majority now. Puerto Ricans is majority white, but then again you have a large black minority, and both groups live in mainland United States. Whereas the Dominican Republic is eighty percent Mulattos and Blacks, whites is a minority in that country. This is the reality the United States Government don't want to confront, because many people in latin america are also a mixture of all three races. The Government don't want to deal with people with mix racial heritage.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello , there!!

      good try Brian, the fact is that the white Mexicans, Brazilians, Latino Americans, Centro Americans, etc are as racists as the white in the USA. yes, the browns and the blacks are the majority in this countries, but the whites are the ones who have the most and treat lands, and good the rest as second hand citizens.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cityboy

    The fact that this article was even written in the first place shows you that the media is responsible and just trying to incite the emotions of various ethnic groups.. Grow up CNN !

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

    Damn. Did I get redirected to Fox News?

    April 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    Hey Homeland, first off I was being sarcastic. 🙂

    Second off, "white power" views like yours are just as narrow-minded as "black power" or "la reza" supremacist groups, and actually have the effect of hurting the ability of the vast majority of whites like myself who may be interested in organizing along racial lines to protect their people and culture without having to build in hatred of other races. It's about culture and values, not skin color. Be part of the solution for white people, not a hinderance. Think big picture here.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Sarcasim what kinda of liberal BS is that! Of course La Raza and Black Power are narrow-minded, cuz they oppose the right way of thinking that we know as White POWER!!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      He is an agent provocateur. He is an anti-white.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Anti-White Alex? I think you mean All-White!!! And whats up with your use of em' high fluting French Words. Son in my America we don't tolerate that BS. The only thing worse than a minority is a Frenchman.

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

      Homeland and Alex – You guys are the real anti-white people. Because you're not recognizing that the vast majority of whites in this country will not get behind "white power" views. The facts are with you, just go with them.

      –Whites need a political voice solely for them. Why? Violent crime against whites is happening at a far greater rate then whites against blacks. This needs to stop, and only an organization interested in the protection of whites (not hatred of blacks) can take a stand in the public square.

      Get your act together, stand up proud, but stand up smart. And do a service for whites everywhere. I am far from anti-white, trust me on that brother.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Son, the only good America is a White America. If you're not with me, then by definition you're either black or someother minority. Please leave my country you dirty liberal. P.S. Go Golden Bears!!!

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

    we can all thank the ridiculous relaxed policies of the democrats.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Raul

    This must scare a lot of you xenophobes out there. Don't worry: whites are still the majority in the United States, taken on the whole. But beware: brown people are becoming less and less disenfranchised, and guess what? They have brains!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigbiz2

      Browns have brains? When have they used them other than conning dummy White people into giving them everything.
      Show me one Brown country ,county or city that has not been a mess.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Raul, do you want to live next to people who don't share your values? Or put it this way, wouldn't you want to live next to people with more in common with you then not in common? Of course you do.

      What whites don't like is not brown and black people. It's the culture associated with a minority of brown and black people, and the protection afforded by smart people (seemingly like yourself) who don't differentiate between differences in values and differences in skin color. And the steam is building. You're just not seeing it in the main square yet.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Please. Rome was successful because of its proximity to the Arabs and North Africans. Europe wouldn't be sh-t if it werent for that.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Articles like this is what is helping keep racism alive. We are equal or not. Debate it and you prove them right.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Whats keeping racism alive is the existence of other races!!! WHITE POWER!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sarah

    Will they start clothing and feeding their own kids now?

    April 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peri

      Yes. If we can only get your people to stop abducting them.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz


      April 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ASU

    After reading most of these posting, now I see why most countries are passing us. does anyone go to school anymore and educate themselves. people just believe what they want to believe.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Well that's sure a hoot homegirl!!! Our Az. kids are the 49th intelligent HS graduates out of 50. The illegals use up the public education budget. And we know ASU loves the dumbed down students and is in it for the $$$ (certainly not academic standards). You ASU kids cost us taxpayers a fortune and aren't the most sound investment- by far. Don't honk the horn if it's broken.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lost in the turmoil

    Maybe it's a political thing? Would not surprise me at all. Sure smells a little like a way to turn the votes to the other side.....

    April 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bigbiz2

    Whites have been the inventors the innovators the artists the musicians the archetects the engineers the law makers the teachers the freedom fighters the saviors of the world...this dispite being the minority race. Worldwide non White populations have soared because of White people.This will soon end and the non Whites will wish for the "good old days" when they could rely and feed off Whites again.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Those things were going on before Europeans were in power. Read history.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peri

      Truth, did you suggest that bigbiz2 read? Why don't you just tell him to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro...that would be easier.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
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