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. Michael D

    IIf you believe that there are only 12-15 million illegals in this country you are truly dumb. We have become overrun. Nice work demoRats.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • greenman842

      If they are illegal aliens it's only because of our county's failure to have an immigration policy that accomodates our demand for labor. Definitely a failing of all our elected reps. dems and gop

      April 15, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Kennedy

      Greenieweenieman ..... Please tell me that you don't vote, the mexicans like your taxes and Obama appreciates your naïveté for his lies

      You sound like my wife and daughter, before they had to deal with the hordes during trips in NYC, Chicago, San deigo and San Fran ..... They have gotten a real education to the damage done to this country by the mexicans and mooches

      GreenIe .... Good luck in the furtherance of your experience and education in reality

      April 15, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shofar

    To ROD: Do you really believe this nation was built by whites? Do you think Caucasian people built this country and now other races are enjoying the spoils of it? You ignorance has not limits. This country has been forged, sustained and maintained by minorities while the white folks has been usually the ones enjoying the fruits of minority labor. Dismiss the importance of minority in the creation of USA is outrageous. The reason why the folks of the south fought the war was because the black labor. The minorities in America is what really keeps the country rolling and moving. I see you really believe in those programs like Made in America, dirty Jobs and Larry the cable guy where they keep talking about how wonderful is our country without showing any brown face in the background. Very funny, but guess what, it is not like that. Open you eyes and later tell me who is enjoying the work of who.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Kennedy

      Shofar ..... Just say Thank You for everything that we have made of this once great nation and that we have allowed you to enjoy

      Now take your racism and ignorance back to the third world from which you are from ...... You have obviously suck up to much on the mooch scale

      April 15, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      Shofar, you're kidding, right? Firstly, the north, prior to the Civil War, was mostly white. This area was highly industrialized: today's "rust belt." The south was largely farmland, and slave labor was used to work the fields. Strike one for you.

      Secondly, the first slave owner was – brace yourself – black. That's right, if it wasn't for a black man, white men wouldn't have had slaves in this country. Perhaps you should apologize to your brethren for that sin.

      The bottom line is that all peoples include good and bad. Some indians were wonderful, some held slaves, some were cannibals. Some whites were good, some held slaves, some were cannibals. The same goes for blacks, yellows, etc. Get over it. Right now, in 2011, the United States has laws. Illegals have broken those laws and shoudl be prosecuted to the fullest, then removed from our shores.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Herb Gray

      What a load of bull. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • amazed @ the duplicitousness


      You are just the opposite side of the same racially divisive coin. Rod is not completely correct and neither are you. But by your derogatory references to whites you show your "true" agenda.

      This country was built by hardworking people from all races and countries.

      Now this country is being flodded by "freeloaders" from all over the world (mexican, polish/russian, chinese etc). I live in a neigborhood here in NY that used to be mostly white... then it became basically half hispanic.....now it is mostly chinese with a little spanish and a handful of white people.

      Go to any supermarket in my neigborhood and at the checkout.....95% of the people (chinese and hispanic) pull out their Benefit (Welfare) card. I pay cash and have a job. I do not feed off of the progressive nanny state. Facts are facts..... funny they have a way of sneaking up on you don't they?

      April 15, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • White

      The technology of the White man keeps this country rolling. A tractor can do the job of 10 illegals...

      April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jassi


    April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gujarati Rajput Prince

      Punjabis are okay, but the tall Rajput Gujaratis from Northern Gujarat are way better.


      April 15, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. a slozomby

    so if ny has no white majority who are the "minorities" going to blame for their problems now?

    April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed Bailey

    I know salt lake isn't in the list because no matter how many out of towners flock to THE church the Mormons will still out breed them!!!!!

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

      The Mormons did not allow blacks into their church until only recently. They believe blacks were cursed by god and unholy. But I'm sure Mitt doesn't believe that...

      April 15, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. jimonthebeach

    This comes as no surprise since the non-white majority cities are all sanctuary cities. Welcome to the new politically correct world order. The Mexicans are out breeding whites, blacks and all other minorities. California and the entire southwest will soon have Mexican majorities clamoring to to rejoin the country from which they could not wait to escape. Brush up on your Spanish! We are well on the way to becoming El Norte.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bryan

    ???Go figure another racist that uses his/her minority status to avoid the stigma. Sorry to say in the end you will still lose even if white people make up a mere 1% and Im just judging by your overall IQ

    April 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steven

    What's with this nonsense about "population growth" amongst a race of people like it's something to be proud of, like "job creation growth." It's NOT. It just means one race is irresponsibly having MANY more babies than it should. I'm in New York City. Whites aren't having children at a "slow" pace. It's just that whites seem to have babies much more responsibly than other races. Go into a New York City welfare office anytime, go on the subways, etc etc and see all the black and hispanic mothers taking care of their gang of children. It's disgusting and taxpayers are footing the bill.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Back At Ya

    Shofar, you don't know anything about my ancestry, or whether I have Native American or not. Further, there is not one single country on this earth that has not been created by one people displacing another - peacefully or violently. Lastly, whatever has happened in the past does not excuse allowing illegal aliens to invade this nation, currently.

    Oh, and btw...Arizona, NM, California and Texas were Native American land, long before they were 'Mexican'...so perhaps the Mexicans AND the Americans should move out, by your standards...

    April 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      you make no sense. im not even going to try rectify your ignorant butt

      April 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ed Bailey

    My mothers ancestors were typical settlers. As far back as I can go I have found that every male took a native American bride. One was a good person and raised 12 kids with a Indian wife. The other was a drunk and apparently gave the kids away! Good white American trash! The good folks that took my grandmother at age two at least let Her know her real last name which strangely is native American! That means Her citizen dad didn't let his half breed kid even be called by his name.it does make one proud to be American!! Ha ha ha

    April 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      A white guy who thinks he's a native, how amusing.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Diakonos

    Now remind me which majority black or hispanic, i.e., latin american, nation other races have tried to flock to because it offered a better life. There aren't any. But people have flocked to white dominant countries. I guess these people were just dying to be mistreated by the evil whites. Of course, most blacks were brought here as slaves, and that truly was awful. And yet living among evil whites has allowed them to become the most prosperous blacks on the earth. Regarding the conquering of the Americas by Europeans. I love how minorities love to bash whites for this genocide while enjoying the fruits of that conquest every day of their lives. Well done, hypocrites.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Let us also not to account for how many African were sold by their own countrymen to slave traders in return for weapons and land control.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ted

    Well now maybe I can get that small business lone that is for minorities only finally...

    April 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NPhxAz

    But it will be a 3rd world America soon and it won't matter a bit how you hate whites.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. 2/8

    Meh....we're all human beings, nobody's a minority.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. greenman842

    not sure why this is even such a big deal to so many people... it's like seeing peoples' reactions to increasing amounts of irish, germans, italians and polish around the turn of the 19th century. A normal immigration wave if you ask me and that's a good thing for all americans!

    April 15, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthier

      Most people forgot the bravery and sacrifice their forefathers made. I have the feeling if they were alive, there would be some whoopings from great great great great grandpa fritz.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Alberto Del Rio

      right because Irish, Germans, and Italians are exactly the same as third world immigrants from South America and Mexico.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • White

      Italians, Germans, Poles, etc have a history of inventiveness and relative prosperity, the Mexicans, not really (although at least they had SOMETHING (Aztec/Inca), unlike blacks). The same cannot be said about Africa and other 3rd world countries. I prefer European and Asian immigrants much more than non-White latinos and Africans.

      April 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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