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. Jeffrey Root

    Here we are, every human being that ever lived, every rock star, every ruler, every artist, every scientist, every pastor, every single person who ever lived in the history of the Universe lived on this planet, a spec in the cosmic perspective of things. As fragile as we are, we will never learn to get along.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. placeholder

    Just about the only thing that comes out of the census is the stirring up of hatred and racism in people. Once would think twice about partaking in such activity next time.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    Can I now sue based on discrimination, now that I'm a white minority?

    Woo Hoooo!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Irene

    Oh well... Since this minority/majority BS is losing any sense whatsoever, I have a simple solution – remove all race/ethnicity questions from all job/education applications, especially the government ones. Let the best win based strictly on their qualifications. I could not care less If one department will be all black and the other all white or maroon with green polka dots for as long as the hired people are the most qualified.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormsun

      This is the goal we should be working towards, if the word "equality and justice for all" mean anything.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Bravo!!!! I agree

      April 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • omstrat

      Cool , so now as a white guy I'm a minority . Sooo I NOW qualify for all the Minority perks I suppose ?
      Are there still minority quotas ? Great ..Yea right letssee if "minority " perks apply when a white guy is now the minority..Fat chance..
      I love it America the new 3rd world toilet

      April 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • omstrat

      Like Obama ?

      April 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Finally, I am glad your posting was first. That should be the last one also, because that said it all.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • blake

      Irene, that's the way it was back in the 70s. Best score on the Civil Service test got hired first, veterans preference being the exception. Then, those who did not score well on the test complained. The courts threw out the testing. Then, it all became political, as it is today. And, those of you thinking that, as a white male, you are now a protected minority should know that young white males cannot be protected, by law.

      April 15, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • zef

      Amen Brother

      April 15, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric dunn

      Ur correct. I'm half black andn half white and hate picking other as a race. Tossing it with all the multiculturalism and great acceptance of full white people with other minorities would allow all Americans to represent the great mixed pot.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ratter

      I don't know about you guys but as a members of the new white minority in the city, I'm already sick of being hassled by the man.

      April 15, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Irene – removing the questions WON'T remiove Race, All idiotic tactics re: your suggestion does, is remive th ability of Whites to defend their extistence from Non-Whites. And replacing Whites with Darks is SUCH a good idea – just look at Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis, Southern California, etc. Race is real – racial differences are PROFOUND – and once Whites are the majority – and no longer able to support the Dusky sullen Hordes – uh-oh. You'll find out in YOUR lifetime. Think of me when some Dark one is bashing empty skull in.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cpriit

    Can all the illegal Mexicans – throw 'em out!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      I say we can all the racist idiots.....Goodbye Cpriit!!!

      April 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rgt

      @Jules, it turns out that if you are from Mexico, wait for it... you are Mexican. That is not a racist statement moron.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shofar

      Jack, is this what you family thought during the civil war?
      Besides, Did you know that all the south of US, Texas, Arizona, California, New Mexico was Mexican territory?
      You are a sad person.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Shofar–and Mexico used to be Spanish colonies, and before that native tribes...so what's the point?

      April 15, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Jules- I suggest we throw your racist gluteus maximus into deepst darkest Dee-troit, for the weekend, without any weaponry.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    Of course "white people (non-existent) because they have carved out the "Hispanic Whites" from the group. Caucasian skin color varies from beige-pink-tan to dark brown-black. Why don't we change the census category to Non-Hispanic, Non-Germanic White. Then you would really be talking about a minority. By the way, what race are Non-White Hispanics, and what proportion of the Hispanic population is "Non-White"? Get the point? This is all political PG (Aramaic for BS)

    April 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      What in the world are you saying? Your posting is indecipherable.
      In brackets you wrote (nonexistent). Are you saying white people don't exist?
      Surely you can express your thought better than this.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frederick

      White Hispanic is typically believed to be Spanish. Hispanic, non-white is Indian/hispanic mix.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shofar

      Ken, The color of you skin doesn't speak about your race It is a cultural point. Being White is a cultural statement not a color one. A black Hispanic is not an African American, so on etc.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Hispanics aren't white...I can see a white person and right away say if he/she is hispanic...its written in the forehead!

      April 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shofar

      Jack I guess you have never seen people from Argentina or Uruguay. But I think you maybe don't know what those places are. They are countries you know. Tall, Blonde hair, blue eyes, white skin is everywhere, but I think you are talking of Small, Brown skin, indian physiognomy mostly mexican and central american, right? DUMB.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      hey Jack, why don't you come to the san gabriel valley, where I live. it's one of the most diverse places in america.

      you wouldn't be able to differentiate the white hispanics (like myself), from the rest of white people. you know why?
      because we are white! you dip-stick...fuuu...get a clue man@

      April 15, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    But blacks and others still get affirmative action NOT whites. Government jobs like at the Post Office still give blacks an advantage.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormsun

      What do you want, equal treatment under the law? What a radical notion.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Native San Diegan

      Is that why I only get half my mail usually ?


      April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry

    Good! Now maybe we can get an Affirmative Action Plan for minority whites.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Religulous

      You do. It's called "racism" (e.i. White Supremacy). Giving preferential treatment to a caucasian person merely based on skin color and cultural affiliation.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seamus Guevara

      @ Religulous: White Supremacy? huh? only whites are racist? really? i see. you learn something new everyday i guess. thanks, buttercup.

      April 15, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Religulous – White Supremacy was a tactic created by the Jew Noel Ignatiev, to help dispossess Whites. This tactic is taught as Jew run "schools", and to Darks, in order to foment grievances against Whites. It's easier for Dakrs to blam Whites for their own pathologies, instead of doing the IMPOSSIBLE – and creating the societies Whites have created. "White Supremacy" is WHITE ABILITY and ACHIEVEMENT. I hope you are young – cause you will definitely miss White when they are gone. All you Darks will have will be ach other, and your Judaic Masters. You will remember what life was like, now , living in the last shards of a White social order – and you will never stop weeping and grieving.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Astinatiiiv

    This is bad news for all of us!!!! There's a certain people on this earth who would rather destroy the earth than lose control of it!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Garrett

    How many times is CNN going to show it's ignorance??? More than half of all Hispanics are WHITE!!! Get it through your heads. They count as being part of the white category by census definitions if you take the time to properly read it. Hispanic by definition is a white christian European with genetic origins from the Iberian peninsula.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • trashlady

      No most hispanics are NOT white. European spaniards are white. Hispanics is a label carved out to describe people fron
      latin countries that were inhabited by Indians or Native Americans that were the taken over by the Portuguese and Spaniards
      who went around the world...picked up Blacks from Africa...took them as slaves to all the latin( Indian) countries where they
      all mixed and beacame what we call "hispanics"

      April 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormsun

      You have been over-ruled by Trashlady, who apparently is the final word on all matters of race.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shofar

      ZING! Trashlady is right. There are about 70 races within the Hispanic Label and , just because a person looks white is not necessarily white. Actually if he/she is Hispanic most likely is not white, but a some from of mix. If you are not from Spain, it is almost impossible to ping point you race when Hispanic (unless you are Indian/ Native American coming from a reservation) And even that it is questionable since many spaniandars on "missionary" work had a field day during colony time.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seamus Guevara

      No Garrett, most hispanics are of mixed descent with native american indians, and in some cases with african and usually have very little european blood. There is exceptions of course, especially in Argentina and Uruguay although these numbers are fallin due to immigration from border countries like Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru where there are deffo not a white majority. But to say that half of hispanics are white in my opinion is not correct. Either way this is just my opinion dont be hating on me. Its friday after all and im off to the pub to down some pints and do a few bumps. byeeee

      April 15, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Alberto Del Rio

      that may be true but Hispanic is used as an umbrella label in new speak. A man like me is descended from Spanish royalty with a superior education and culture. I am Hispanic but I am not like the mixed race peasants who populate the slums of South American nations.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. APeasant

    Well considering that we whites have treated people of all races with respect and dignity, this shouldn't be a problem.


    April 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Donna

    Wow! I thought all the racists would be on Fox dot com.....I was wrong!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • omstrat

      What an ignorant brainwashed fool you are

      April 15, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      @Donna: Yeah Donna, what a fool you are! The racists morons are here making comments on CNN too!

      April 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ares

    This is why they won't do anything about immigration. The federal govt WANTS America to be a Third World nation.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kenneth Krieger

    No one wants to live in them. They have become Democrat cess pools of crime and poverty. The high taxes are also running people away. This is liberal socialism courtesy of the Democrats and Liberal media. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    April 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
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