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. edvhou812

    So minority programs will be available to whites in those cities? We shall see...

    April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yes we can't

    All "whites" should move to Europe and just let the "minorities", now the so call "majority" ruin the entire country just like they ruined all the cities named!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Newyorklarry

    Imagine Cameron Diaz and Helena Bodham Carter walking down the street and you have never before seen or heard of them. Who would you guess had the Spanish ancestry?

    April 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello , there!!

      I bet a bunch of money that Cameron Diaz, does not consider herself Latina/Hispanic, I never saw her in any Latino channels and she can not even speak Spanish, she is coming from the minority of white Cubans who despite being see as Hispanics.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newyorklarry

      I am referring to how persons perceive another person's ancestry in relation to preconceived notions about race. For the record, the vast majority of Cuban Americans are white regardless of how desperately New York and L.A. media try to misrepresent them with nonwhite actors. Also, the two whitest countries in the Western Hemisphere are both Latino/Hispanic nations: Argentina and Uruguay.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BobNY

    This is why all the white people are moving either upstate or out of state. Like Ill., which lost almost half of its population in the last three years, people are running far and fast from the city. Too much crime and overtaxed. And it's the Democrats running to red states!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Empty_Fifth

    blacks and mexicans will still just whine and complain and be lazy and blame it on the white man

    April 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rotorhead

    Reading all the comentes make me realize why canadians look down on americans so bad. 1 word.. IGNORANCE... American neighbours.. STUDY and learn something about this planet! Those idiots saying anti-racist meand anti-white honestly, what are you talking about? Do you know that hispanics are not a race? do you know that all hispanics countries have white, black, mestizo, and native people? America is like the Germany of ww2, trying to kill all jews!! Oh but wait, jews in germany are white... umm jews in jerusalen are mostly brown,, jews in the us are white... whats wrong here. See what i mean. Articles like this are just stupid because they affect ignorant people and make them more stupid. And like this other comment said this article doesnt even make sense because white people is still a majority compare it to individual minorities.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      An eloquent argument against bigotry that stubs it's toe because you start out with anti-american bigotry. You make some good points despite that hiccup though.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      This is one Canadian that stand firmly with my American friends in fighting white genocide.

      Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, White countries for everybody. That is genocide.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      Yes, stop the ignorance.
      This whole article is about whites and Hispanics.
      Some of those Hispanics moving in are white. Trust me.

      Sure, just like any other group they tend to live next to each other.
      We have no problems with "American whites" because we look just like you. And we get along with Native Indians from Mexico because they speak our mother-tongue. Where's the problem?

      April 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Derrick

    I am afraid for America. It is absolutely deplorable to read so many racist and hate comments. The fabric of America is being bleached by those with phobias for outlandish reasons. The distorted view that minorities are all illegal or criminals with the use of stereotypes being the vehicle of unGodly cowards that blame everyone else. Your narrow and limited vision is the biggest obstacle for America and the nation to prosper! Times are changing and i pray that the cowards that hide behind hate and separation change to a people that embraces all the good that minorities and all AMERICANS bring to the table. Pray for America!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Derrick, 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 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    Every white country on the planet is told to become "more diverse" and multiracial. EVERY white country is told to end its own race & culture. No one asks this of ANY non-white country. Immigration and intermarriage is for EVERY white? country & ONLY white countries.

    Anti-whites style themselves "anti-racist", but their actions clearly lead to the extinction of one race and only one race, my race, the white race. The true aim of anti-racism is to? destroy my race, the white race.

    It is genocide.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      There is a degree of truth to this. Just like there is a degree of truth that some whites want to commit genocide against non whites.

      The bottom line is there will be more and more "white only" groups coming into the mainstream. White groups that are not against "non whites" but are simply interested in the advancement of white people.

      Fortunately for browns and blacks, these mainstream groups will not be led by the idiot "white power" folks who are motivated by hatred (or the fact that they are white losers unable to make it in the world)...no, these "white only" groups will become mainstream because whites will have a casual association with them. It won't define us. But if we need to come together to protect one another, we will have that in place.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Who cares? People are people.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Does anyone else here think that it's rather funny that Texas became part of the US because white Americans moved in, overwhelmed the Tejano population and then voted to secede from Mexico? And now Mexico is taking it back the same way! Oh, the irony.

    Oh and btw, Texas is also the only American state to have twice seceded; once from Mexico and once from the US. And BOTH times it was over the issue of slavery (Mexico abolished slavery in 1829)!!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ftroy01

    Hey this is for Jessica why dont you go suck one of your N friends D. You are a disgrace to your race if you are that unhappy being white if you are actually white at all which is doubtful go paint your f'in skin black or brown you POS

    April 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Wow!! And you have the audacity to call her a POS?

      April 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kazz

    this is why we need to strengthen our borders dammit they wanna kill us all!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 21k

    can't happen fast enough. we need to dilute the red-states more though.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wowlfie

    Whites will always get blamed by colored folks for everything, no credit for anything. Democracy has a price.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rum Dumb

    You may also notice as we become more diverse we become more morally and economically bankrupt as a nation.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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