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. jack

    only in your dreams!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jack

    hahaha true...!!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rod

    Trash Lady,

    I'm guessing you're enjoying the benefits of living in a civilized, Caucasian majority nation. If whites are so racist and evil, why don't you pack your bags and pick a black or brown nation to live in? You won't be missed.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dareisay

    And this why France, Germany & England have recently said multiculturalism does not work! Governments forced emigration upon a few countries, took jobs away from their own citizens to give to Nations that still have their own people wanting to leave their country! People coming to the USA now don't want to assimilate we don't have enough jobs for citizens, let alone foreigners or VISA WORKERS. Too many come here to suck the government teat!
    WE are doomed!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nicholas Voss

    I don't mind what ethnic group takes over a city -– as long as the citizens work hard and obey our laws and are loyal to our country... and don't expect me to pay their way.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Well then Nicholas – you must LOATHE non-Whites.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rico

    Jews aren't white?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      no

      April 15, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • White

      No, it is a common misconception. Ever hear anti-Semite? Semite -> middle eastern. Jews tended to interbreed with each other, and are more related to Arabs than to Whites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic

      April 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ben4ur

    May be, those places smell better than the pooh in the small towns and farmlands

    April 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Progressive Sledge Hammer

    And that would be why they're both basically sinking dumps that have to raise taxes over and over and over again to keep paying for all their new social welfare cases.

    Chicago's not far behind, and pretty soon middle America will become the engine that makes this country roar or it will collapse upon itself because there's not a country in the world run by Hispanics that's not already doing that and that's why they come here.

    Thing is they don't leave 'there' back 'there' and bring it here with them like a disease and try turning this place into the dump that they all left.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truth_hurts

    shhh..can you hear the sound of white feet quaking in their boots.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      Nothing gets the supposedly morally superior minorities more excited than the idea of terrorizing whites. All my life I've tried to be the "good" white guy and not be racist but the accusation of "racist" never ends and it never will. At this point, I'm ready to be as racist as possible. Multiculturalism means one thing and one thing only – antiwhite racism.

      April 15, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Deskboy

    Hey, yo, where's my check, my food stamps and my govimint cheese.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Truth_hurts

    and the neanderthals back to europe ad asia...

    April 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Revolutionary AKA, THEGAMELORD

      Listen to me, you slimbag. The American Indians have been committing mass genocides for thousands of years. It's a secret that's been kept from Mainstream media. WHether it's the Anasazi, or Kennewich man. Or, the mass killings of central america and South America. This has been going on for thousands of years.

      April 24, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • The Revolutionary AKA, THEGAMELORD

      (This was my original comment:) They taught us to practice responsible birth giving. But then, the media decides to flood a few countries with old-fashioned 3rd worlders. It all sounds fishy to me. This will require a full-scale revolution. And, when that revolution comes, please remember that Mainstream Media is mostly responsible for the conspiracy.

      April 24, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nelba

    I would bet no group has a majority in these places. Does thast mean now are all minorities there?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shofar

    To Back at ya: I don't get why all these people whose ancestors came to America via Ellis Island keep saying they came here legally. Those people came here illegally from the point of view that the American Government did give them a visa to come. they just showed up and since US had no defined immigration policy they kept them at Ellis Island.
    YOUR PEOPLE WERE ILLEGAL AND THE RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY DIDN'T LIKE THEM. Pleas don't come here to boast about the integrity of your ancestors when everybody know they came here as any other immigrant in American History. Actually Shame on you. You just has insulted your own clan.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tim2

    What's this trash about white majority/minority? Can't we humans get along without this race thing? These articles are absurd...high time media and govt dropped race from everything.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      The liberals bring race into EVERYTHING. Blame them.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Steven, funny how the repub birthers that keep crying about Obama not being born in the UsA are the ones screaming about race now even wasting money making state laws which are redundant and federal law already has rule that the pres has to be born in the USA and than states like arizona that have businesses going under because of sb1070 causing others to boycott the state... same thing happened when az first rejected MLK day... we lose more money from boycotts in az than is spent or cost us due to illegal immigrants. All with fake papers pay taxes

      April 15, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Steven, funny how the repub birthers that keep crying about Obama not being born in the UsA are the ones screaming about race now even wasting money making state laws which are redundant and federal law already has rule that the pres has to be born in the USA and than states like arizona that have businesses going under because of sb1070 causing others to boycott the state... same thing happened when az first rejected MLK day... we lose more money from boycotts in az than is spent or cost us due to illegal immigrants. All
      with fake papers pay taxes that goes into a big pot and who knows what the govt does with that money. Twenty years ago, give or take a few years they arrested all the strawberry picker illegal aliens... and gave whites the jobs... most left for lunch and didn't come back and almost all didn't return the next day... those who choose not to remember history are doomed to repeat it.

      April 15, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. leslie

    Well we know why the hispanics are slowly gaining. The Democrats have spent years and millions to make sure that blacks abort their babies. Just look at NY with 60% of blacks abort their babies.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
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