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. Eli

    I am moving ASAP, I am not going to wait for the City to look like Somalia. Thanks CNN for the data, I knew this City was going down. Time to move up north where the weather is cold, they don't like the cold weather. Canada here I come.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. amy

    any person of any race/ethnicity/religion who wants to bring more humans onto this planet needs serious mental health care.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ares

      Or better yet – a bullet in between the eyes.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ares

    Jews are the ones behind immigration:


    April 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    Africa for Africans. Asia for Asians… My race's countries for everybody.

    Nobody tells the modern Iranians that they should be diversified to a minority in their own country because their ancestors killed and conquered the Ancient Zoroastrians. Nobody tells Mexico its people should be diversified into a minority in Mexico because the Aztecs killed and conquered in their "Flower Wars".

    If someone told the Zulu of South Africa that they were a deeply racist people, and should therefore to be deprived of the majority in their portion of Africa by non-Zulus, everyone would justly condemn this as ethnic cleansing.

    Yet if I tell the obvious truth about the ongoing genocide against my race, many will label me an "evil-white-supremacist", or a "biggoted-white".

    They say they are anti racist. What they are is anti white. Anti-racism has become nothing more than a codeword for anti-white, and what they are advocating is the genocide of my race.

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

      How dare you speak of anyone trying to commit genocide against whites. Whites have disrespected anyone who does not look like them. The only people indigenous to America is the Native American. Remember them. Europeans came over and moved them off of their land and tried to commit genocide against them. The world is full of interesting beautiful people. America does not belong to whites exclusively. Stop the delusion! It originally belonged to the Native American. Everyone else is a immigrant or an ancestor of a immigrant. Are you so weak that you have to be dominate over everyone all the time?

      April 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Nobody tells the indians living in their reservations that they must cease to be the majority in their land because they committed genocide against other tribes hundreds or thousands of years ago. Nobody says that all indian reservations and only indian reservations must be flooded by non indians.

      Nobody says this to the Iranians. Nobody says this to the mexicans. Only anti-whites like you say it about my race.

      You are justifying genocide.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      QueenB – People of color have NO MORAL SUPERIORITY over whites. The sad truth is that at this very minute people of color are being slaughtered for being in the wrong "tribe" in Africa. Don't act like the value of a black person killed by another black is somehow worth less then one killed by a white.

      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 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatdidhesay?

      @Queen B: actually, you are wrong. There were settlements of people found in Pennsylvania, Virginia... that show a people who inhabited the North American continent looong before any Native American tribes. In fact, the skeletal remains and tools/artifacts left behind show Asian characteristics. So, immigrants from Asia were here long before Native American tribes. Another bubble-burster: a percentage of Native Americans have DNA tracing that goes back to European roots. Sorry, NAs did not just spring up from the Earth and become indigenous to the Americas.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. stormsun

    Do you treat people of different ethnicity with respect and courtesy? Other than on this message board, I mean.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeff

    @Irene you wouldn't care if you met someone maroon with green polkadots? That would terrify me that's either a disease, aliens or Satan. @cpritt I agree if a person is discovered to be illegal, send them back to their country. Case closed. If there's no work for Americans, why let Mexicans in illegally to take those jobs and not pay taxes?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. End of America

    There has never been a successful country that is not white
    Mexico has never succeeded at anything except drugs

    They may be hard workers and good at baseball – but sorry to say,,they rarely achieve anything
    and now we give them massive handouts, free education, free food, free meds, free legal representation

    It would have been better if Canadians invaded the US
    they have less criminals and less diseases
    they also have people that obey and respect the laws more frequently

    the USA is doomed

    Rome was invaded by barbarians to the north
    USA is invaded by barbarians from the south

    April 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ge0ffrey

      Have you ever been to Mexico? It's not a country of barbarians. Mexico may be more civilized than the United States. It's certainly more family oriented, more faithful to God than the US. Is it really more corrupt than the US? I wouldn't bet on it.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • hazeylee

      You all will have to live in the world you are helping to create. I hope you are up for it. Have a good one 🙂

      April 15, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. okay?

    and soon you non-white people are going to have to survive without the handouts, scholarships, financial assistance, and jobs that you get just for being non white. hahaha

    April 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1middleaged

      Well said! Does this mean that there is now going to be a UNITED CAUCASIAN COLLEGE FUND? Or possibly a MISS WHITE AMERICA, or maybe WET, WHITE ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, or NAACP – NATIONAL ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION FOR CAUCASIAN PEOPLE...? No wait, ... that would be racist.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. bigmoemiami

    I am tired of all these "sky is falling" announcements that "white people" are becoming the minority because black and hispanic populations are rising in certain areas. Race is a socialconstruct not a scientific categorization, we are essentially one species with minor differences related primarily to color, so who gives a crap? Besides, techinically, a large percentage of Hispanics are Caucasian, some are even Nordic and Celtic looking, you know like Cameron Diaz and Christina Agullera and many if not most are indistinguishable from Southern Europeans such as Italians. In most cases you cannot tell Italians from Mexicans, try telling Italians they aren't white.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ge0ffrey

      Most hispanics ARE white, so this is a collectivist construct by the lefties at CNN designed to inspire fear for the purpose of dividing and conquering.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • chdevnull

      blah blah everyone knows that biologically there is little difference between ethnic groups, but do you seriously think that there aren't huge social and moral differences? Just look at ANY mostly black area anywhere on the entire planet, you'll begin to see a certain theme arise.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Cents

      I don't know about Xtina but Cameron is half-German. How about Kelly Ripa? Just forget the bottle blonde.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Giving the history of the human race, there will always be some sort of discrimination. If everyone was one color and same features, then we would discriminate on height or weight, and dielects. Oh yeah we do that too.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Grob Hahn

    Maybe people are finally starting to learn that racism cuts in ALL directions. If you hate whites for being white, you're probably a racist. Welcome to the human race.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adi

    Too bad not everyone thinks like Alex does. I believe Europa is for whites but not this country, because this has been overtaken by white English from NATIVE INDIANS. And White English men are the ones who comitted crimes against INDIANS and we never talk about it. At the same time i understand her point, but whites should have more kids. Instead more whites are calling their dogs and cats "my kid" and thats wrong, while other groups are producing more offsprings rather they have more dogs and cats in their homes. That is reason Europe is getting old and have less kids and is happening here in this country. Less dogs and cats= more Kids.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toady


      The Native people of the Americas engaged in frequent tribal warfare, stole each others land, killed each other, practiced slavery, and made thousands of human sacrifices. To suggest the New World was a peaceful paradise before the White Man showed up is specious.

      Most of the Indians died from diseases caught from the Europeans, not by organized slaughter. Often the diseases spread from tribe to tribe without the members ever encountering a white person. To suggest that the Europeans committed genocide is also a gross distortion. The mechanics of microorganisms were not understood until the 19th century.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Alberto Del Rio

      you cant have more kids when you are busy paying taxes

      April 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. courtney

    i agree

    April 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Back At Ya

    Trash Lady, you chose an appropriate screen name. That is a very immature, stupid, second-grader level, 'get-even-with-you post, you made. Was that some sort of racist threat, perhaps?

    There's one slight problem that you and other pro-illegals either don't grasp, or more stupidly don't even care about...and that is that this nation was not built by illegal aliens crossing the souththern border. It was built by LEGITIMATE IMMIGRANTS who came here to be AMERICANS (and not keep on being whatever they were before, with government, taxpayer dollars funding their demands to be pandered to in their native tongue). And the most ironic part (and most funny, actually, in my opinion) is that if enough of these illegals come here to take, take, take...there won't even be any more of the country that drew them, in the first place. They're like a cancer, that kills the body which feeds it.

    And no, they will NOT keep the USA going, themselves. They aren't interested in it, aren't capable of it, and completely lack the sheer will and know-how of all the other groups who've come here legitimately.

    Allowing hordes of disinterested, unassimilated illegals to just pour across our border unimpeded for the better part of two generations now has some pretty dastardly consequences.

    We are paying for our own apathy, with the death of the USA.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Weird in all the travels I have made around the world, except for the mideast, india and southeast asia the majority of people I met, barely knew and met most on the internet after my initial travels were all and all much more intelligent, kind, family oriented than the majority of selfish, egotistical americans... and I grew up totally white in surf city HB CA. The joke of the ignorant uncouth american in plaid shorts and tropical shirts is not a stereotype but a
      reality I have run into throughout my world
      travels. And just since you don't seem to realize it, your grammar and utilizing "ya" put you at about a second graders intelligence if you are lucky.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Back at ya – agreed. The ONE consolation I have, at the destruction of my Nation, and the genocide of my Rac, is that all the delusional morons like Trash Lady will GET exactly what they are begging for. And the Dark Hordes will have to deal with each other.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve T

      The laundry just called, your white sheets are ready.

      April 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    The prosperity of Zimbabwe awaits ...

    April 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nc

    white population is dropping so fast and will decrease more & more since the number of marriages are increasing among the American with Asians. The Great white feature of American white kids race is not anymore blue eyes, guess what , Asian with tooth pick eyes , Be proud !

    April 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ge0ffrey

      Hey ding dong, most hispanics in the US are white.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
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