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. Trum is a minority

    Whotes are minority means no more wars...and the wolrd will have peace withought the Trump

    April 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NWO

    Will you all please just get together and kill each other? We only need 1/2b people and we'll all be better off.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Who cares !!

    Who cares !! so waht ... it is just a color ... cant we just all live !

    April 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      No, its not just about color. Its about being White or being Wrong. White Power!!!

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

    Yall white folks stank

    April 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftroy01

      Hey Jerome F off N"" you POS. Who the F do U think you are talking too A wipe!!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Chapman

    This is liberal CNN propaganda at its zenith. It doesn't matter to them if they get across the news so long as they get across their liberal agenda of diversity. That's one of the cornerstones of liberalism – diversity. When you celebrate diversity you celebrate liberalism. I can guarantee that most of these 46 cities that are on this list are in serious decline or on the verge of decline. When you celebrate diversity, you celebrate the non-white leadership of these cities that have led to their decline and the subsequent White flight from these cities. That's what is so repugnant about liberalism and diversity. Diversity for the sake of diversity at all costs. Liberalism is not a political philosophy. It's a disease!

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

    Well since I'm black, I guess I should be happy about this but I'm not. It just means we're being over run by mexicans. At least we can get jobs from white people.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      I can't agree with you more Harry Balls. We need to deal with this Mexican Problem first. Then we'll take care of this black problem. Congrats. You're part of the solution. Now after helping us kick out the Mexicans, will you kindly leave?

      April 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Ball

      Hell no I'm not leaving. I've getting paid good money over here. Got me a white woman and everything. You're just gonna have to deal.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homeland_security_since_1492

      Son, you're being a 'drag.' White POWER!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Luis Villalvazo

    I had a hard time looking through the data, but out of about 18 million people about 11 million are white in the New York metropolitan area. I don't see how whites are the minority there.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Ball

      I looked at the data as well and it appears that they are referring to the individual cities and not the metro areas. This article is very misleading.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NWO

    Please just get together so we can get human population down to the ideal 500 million!

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

      Yep. What's sad is most people don't even know what you're talking about.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      What he's talking about is exterminating roughly 6.4 billion people. Is that your idea of a great plan? Fricking eco nuts are the biggest nuts of all.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Forrest

    So we can get rid of the ill conceived "equal opportunity" (which was neither) and tell racist groups like La Raza and the Rainbow Coalition to disband as they are no longer necessary? How will the democrats drum up support if they can't scream raaaaaaciiist every time anyone disagrees with them on literally anything? Will Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have to go on public assistance when their cash cow race baiting operations dry up? I think that the left is far too invested in perpetuating racism as a tool to ever truly end it and embrace a truly colorblind society. I really wish that the left would actually truly study the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. rather than giving them lip service, but his words are as inconvenient to the democrats as snowfall in June is to the cult of "Global Warming TM".

    April 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Math

    Linda, whites are still BY FAR the largest group in the US. This article is saying that they no longer account for over half the population in some major cities. That is, the population of all other ethnicities COMBINED is now larger than the white population.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LarryDavidSandwich

    I'm good with this so long as they are not Muslims.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Niclas

    Doubtful, anti-white rasism is very much en vogue nowadays. Just look at the rasist Holder that Nobama appointed who blocked an investigation into rasism against whites. Either way, there will always be some rasism as picking on others is part of the human nature, we like to feel better about ourselves by pointing out those who're "different.". Overall, the most rasist people I've ever encountered were latinos and especially Mexicans. I know of cases were latinas are ostracized by their relatives for dating outside "La Raza". Sad but true.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello , there!!

      I will prefer to have the white American as a neighbor than the white Cubans, Argentineans, Dominican Republic or Mexicans to name a few, because at least the white Americans have some compassion for others while the Cubans , Mexicans etc are the most racist, once in a while I watch Spanish TV and it upset me so much to see how racism is tolerated in this channels , in this county, for example, last week I saw on the Spanish TV a couple of white Mexicans siblings ,whom were invited to be in front of this TV judge in Miami, asking to be divorced from their brown skinned mother and since they were minors they were also asking the Latino judge to let them travel to Germany where their father is from, so they will be worshiping Hitler and they stated how much they hated Mexico and the USA because they were so many brown, blacks, Jews and gays in these countries. Another example is what I saw in another Spanish channel a white Cuban young girl who is living now in New York studding medicine she was also a white supremacist and was telling that if she had to take care of a black person she will not do it. so, go figure , I am more afraid of the white Latinos than the whites here.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    No one's telling Taiwan "You know what, diversity is good, so we're going to create a blended humanity in only Taiwan"
    No one's telling Haiti "You know what, diversity is good, so we're going to create a blended humanity in only Haiti"
    Only white countries are doing these things, Only White politicians are doing them, only white children are being robbed of their own home countries, it's genocide of white children.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lost in the turmoil

    I surely can't believe what I've been reading, almost think it's a dream. People sure do have to vent and they do not do it in a positive way. I wonder, are we really the smart ones on the planet?

    April 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryDavidSandwich

      You are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo enlightened.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joeblow

    And of these cities, let's see what the crime rates are, abortion rates, unemployment rates, education rates are in these cities...I live in Memphis and it's GARBAGE from minority majority. You blacks have done so well.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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