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. Tim

    In 1900 my people, white people, comprised 33% of world population, today we are at 9% and dropping like a rock. Not only are we a minority in the world but because of immigration & assimilation in EVERY white country and ONLY white countries our children are poised to be minorities IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES within a few decades.

    This is genocide. This is evil and this must stop!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben4ur

      The evil will if the one in ur thick skull stopped

      April 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      agreed Tim. Someone needs to take action right away...I thought Arizona was bad for doing what they did but I'm starting to support their actions

      April 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Genocide? Did the government kill you bro? Oh noes! Don't throw that word around right before Passover pal. Unless your kids are being rounded up and shot, it ain't genocide. No one is forcing you to "dilute" your race. By the way, where are your ancestors from?

      April 15, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Kennedy

      Tim ..... the problems going on around the world are emblematic of the Anglos being displaced by the riff raff. ..... and this country is doomed because of it

      Arm Up for the coming strife

      April 15, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Drop dead, Al, you Hebraic parasite. Should'nt you be dropping Willy Pete on defenseless Arab toddlers? Judasim is a "religion" based on Race, bloodlines, and absolute HATRED of all non-Jews. The Talmud is the Satanic Bible. Why won't Israel allow African Jews IN?

      April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greggo

    Settle down, settle down. I live in California and you know, I'd be the last to announce that living in a non-majority state isn't bad. Actually it's pretty exciting. Sure you see headlines about hate crimes and all that crap but actually we seem to get along just fine, thank you very much.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack kennedy

      I see that you are enjoying the free money and benefits that I am being forced to give you ........ As you pontificate about how great your life as a third world mooch is

      April 15, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    I could have twenty children too if I dropped out of high school to pursue a career in free housing. A future of unenlightened oppression by uneducated millions is sure to follow for those unlucky enough to have been born.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minority

      Unfortunately, you are exactly right, Tom. I really wish that more people could realize this.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Riiiight

    Never heard of mooslems... I guess they skipped over that one in school.
    Somebody is afraid of King Kong. Not sure what any of this has to do with the article though... well, any article for that matter. I didn't know we were currently being invaded by animals, especially mooslems... whatever that is. *googles mooslems*

    April 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. southafrican white

    suck it america, u have led the role in destroying anything whites had in south africa and always were the first to judge and critizise us for trying to keep our land.... now u suffer the same.. its a happy day for us all.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      SouthAfrican White – don't confuse Jews with Whites. Way too many Whites have. Look up the name "Joe Slovo". Amd blame YOUR fellow Whites, for their betrayal. Too many SA Whites want keep their Black slaves. The dispossssion of Whites, anywhere, is a disaster for us all.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Vladislaus

    White people build this country with their blood and sweat so their children and grandchildren could have a better life... Then the Liberals and Marxists let the third world mud hordes in and say we're all "human" so these mud hordes have as much as a "right" to live in America as much as Whites do... brilliant, brilliant plan to destroy the once great White America. America won't exist in 40 years, mark my words.

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

      you have lost your damn mind by saying white people built america with their blood sweat and tears, what kind of education do you have, you mofos are something sick and derange people with a knack for rewriting history ..

      April 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      "White America" built this country!?! If you're so patriotic, the least you could have done is pay a little attention in History class you moron!

      April 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Vladislaus

    White people build this country with their blood and sweat so their children and grandchildren could have a better life... Then the Liberals and Marxists let the third world mud hordes in and say we're all "human" so these mud hordes have as much as a "right" to live in America as much as Whites do... brilliant, brilliant plan to destroy the once great White America. America won't exist in 40 years, mark my words...

    April 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Cents

      White people built this country? I may not have been a history major but I know that is not even close to being correct. Blacks owned by whites built this country. The Chinese laid the railroad tracks. The Irish, white but considered inferior, took jobs in the mines despite the fact that it was a dirty, harmful job. This country was built by everyone's ancestors, not just a select few.

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

      Glad ..... Looks like the riff raff want some kudos instead of what they deserve for what they have and are doing to this once great nation

      America is done and the NYC San Diego are going to be the norm as America diesssss

      April 15, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. reallynow

    Nicer? Like who? Whose loving example should we follow? Truth be told, you know those mean white people helped you at one time or another at least as much or more than your own people.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ge0ffrey

    Most hispanics in the US are white so, in other words, this story is fallacious.

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

      where are those hispanics?? besides a white hispanic still look like a hispanic so what's the point?

      April 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      again jack, you know absolutely jack.
      hey! here's an idea, try using those last 3 brain cells for eating, pooping, and sleeping only.
      this race thing is way too hard for you to understand

      April 15, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. sassypants

    This is due to the genocide being perpetrated by progressives and their socialist welfare state.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. padraig collins

    there's power in numbers.stop contracepting and aborting.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. amy

    Whatever shade of human being wins the OVERPOPULATION race into eco-hell will be dooming their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc....for decades to come. If whites die out (and I'm white), then all the unborn white babies are spared living on a planet that is unsustainable, polluted, and violent. Whoever "wins" the population "race," are only dooming "their own" so why care who "wins?" Just be relieved YOU will be dead before the poop hits the fan.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Because Amy, the overpopulation malthusian crap is fake, it already happened- WWII is considered a malthusian crisis.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    If it wasn't for abortion... there would be 10 million more black people in the U.S today... then there would be even more diversity in our cities

    April 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alberto Del Rio

      maybe you blacks should stop voting democrat

      April 15, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Religulous

    Well... I suppose there's some truth in your message although I have to express that you're fighting against a genetic inevitability since albinism is a genetic recessive mutation that occurs occasionally in nature as an anomaly. From a scientific perspective how do you purpose the delay the inevitability? Lets say hypothetically there were only caucasians in the US. The fact would be that the DNA of caucasians with dark hair, brown eyes, and darker colored skin, would absorb into it the the DNA of blonde, blue-eyed, pale caucasians within a relatively short period of time, once again causing the palest of caucasians to disappear. Would you purpose that the blue-eyed caucasians protect themselves from the brown-eyed caucasians? Please don't answer that. Based on your history I already know the answer. None the less, brown/black skin is dominant and although there are scientist working hard to change that, there's nothing that can be done to reverse millions of years of evolution.

    This brings to mind an even more perplexing question which is what physical environment or event actually produced white people in numbers large enough to be recognized as a distinct group. The reason this question is so perplexing is because that environmental factor seems to have subsided which is evidence in the rapidly decreasing number of caucasians world-wide. BTW, there were some gross errors in your video but what else is new.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Just reading your comment I wondered how someone can be so dumb. Physical characteristics do not have absolute dominance, a child with red or blonde hair can be born to a couple with dark hair. Dark skin is not absolutely dominant. Recessive genes like blondeness would increase in a population as long as the blondes are at least having enough children to sustain their population. You are just... how can you know so little?

      April 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sassypants

    Genocide and discrimination on the part of our government by allowing affirmative action and promoting a welfare state that whites are unable to "opt-out" of.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
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