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. Nick

    Can you just stop having babies that you can't afford to raise? Please? That's the only reason you outnumber us.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulwisc

      Who is "you" and how would you know whether those you're referring to cannot support their children? All you've done here is given us a prime example of bigoted expression.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yamon

    This is great news are forefathers would be so proud..............Free health insurance free rent etc etc etc this is a joke!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulwisc

      I'm sure you meant to write something coherent here. Must be hell not being able to create two lucid thoughts in a row.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lila

    Is the group "minorities" a racial group themselves? Shouldn't it say whites(a race) are a minority group to Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, etc... who ever the group is that is the new majority is. It seems like an odd story.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dicky

    Actually it's been this way for over 10 years. Your governement is just now tellling you anout it. Sad really

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ElDiez

    White population fertility is down! Woooooo! Maybe we will have less meth and crack addicts. And as for "illegal immigrants"...at least they work, unlike certain people who think they're "too good" to work on the field. Try working those fields for hours and hours for less and minimum no benefits and no papers. A working class people who come only to prosper, not "take " jobs from Americans. So shut up you anti immigrants. Shut the hell up cus your days are numbered

    April 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Agreed, its a much more diverse nation now. So, can we consider cesation of affirmative action policies that discriminate now? Treat everyone equally.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      You do realize that the Affirmative Action laws also apply to Whites, right? Or did your Fox News/Neo-con overlords told you that AA laws only apply to blacks and browns?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      Forgot to mention that you have absolutely no idea what AA laws do. It's not set up to "discriminate" or give preferential treatment to anyone. It's the opposite. Hope you read about it.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dicky

    I'd like to find a nice white supremist group within a couple miiles of home, as gas is sooooooooo dang expensive.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jack

    Good thing most white people prefer to classify others by ethnic group rather than themselves. Love to see a new interpretation of "affirmative action". Because guess what happens when black people get into a position of hiring? I live in Atlanta and I can tell you for a fact that black people predominately hire other black people. Racism is alive and well in the South and it goes both ways.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Very similar to that one slur gangster calls each other, yet if someone else says it OOOO boy.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulwisc

      So you have statistics on all hires in Atlanta so that you can back up your claim with fact? No, you don't - you're just displaying your ignorant prejudices. Living in Atlanta means you're living in Atlanta. It doesn't make you any more knowledgeable about subjects you don't have anything to do with. Now if you had said, "I'm a employment statistician in Atlanta"...but of course you clearly don't have the education for that.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Spades and wetbacks shameful those people are a waste of society

    April 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      Weird, and I think that narrow-minded, biggoted morons who are unable to put together a coherent sentence are a HUGE "waste of society"...

      April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cyrus

    Umm....New Yorker here. And your point being? We like it this way. My next door neighbor is black and his wife is white, the guy across the hall is from Pakistan, and the couple next to him is Russian, and the people at the end of the lobby are from Venezuela and Italy. That's New York and we love it.

    To Brian, who writes about "White Extinction". I don't hope that any ethnicity would go extinct, but I sincerely pray that idiots like you become an endangered species very soon.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    Who cares? The concept of 'race' should be abolished anyway.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JN

    Whites are the minority? I think not. They always say this stuff like all the other ethnic groups are one united group.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    If Whites are less than 50% but more than any other group, then they aren't a "minority", they're a "plurality".

    And, sorry, but if you're not Native American you have no right to complain about "illegal immigration".

    April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSnord

      Whoever makes the rules has the right to complain. "Native Americans" don't make the rules.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • iceAge

      FYI, genetic research has recently shown that "native" americans actually immigrated here from from asia...

      April 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. end affirm. action

    Maybe it really is time to end affirmative action. Seems like we are all on the same playing field as of now.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Glen

    Awesome so when can my kids get preference for jobs and college entrance? Can't wait to play the race card too!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Que

      When your people have 200 years of oppressive, demeaning, unrelenting, unfair, and unneccesary treatment...Then maybe you can. 🙂

      April 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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