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. proudanchorb

    To the racists: Embrace the future with a big smile.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      The joke is you and your thugs. Never amounted to anything and can only drag the US the rest of the way to a future that looks exactly as Mexico looks today.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Al

    If youre ancestors arrived between 1492 and the 1920's. Go ahead and go back where you came from then immigrate here legally.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Who would want to live here if Germany is an option?

      April 15, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthier

      It is an option. That's the beauty of the world. Shoo! Off you go, better learn German tho! Gotta adapt you know.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MrId

      Your folks came here in 10000BC. GO back to Siberia and immigrate legally.

      April 15, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. NPhxAz

    NY has now officially been over ran? Great- couldn't have happened to a more deserving place. Maybe that buttnugget Bloomburg can have the border jumpers teach the locals how to say "screw Ellis Island" in Espanyole. He is getting ready to hear" give me and my dozen anchors our welfare check before there is no more free money left for us". He should have no trouble finding a translator.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthier

      You ever been to NY? I would venture to say just about every country in the world is represented, and it's the greatest city in America. I'm sure you disagree with that, it's ok, that's why we have az for you to live in.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Truthier

    Lol, I'm certainly doing my part by having mixed babies. Your women love it, the blacker the better. Any quick surf on the net and you'll know what I'm talking about! Lmao,

    April 15, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      But what does THAT do to make the nation better? I can tell you are a real winner for a father. Probably stuck in the apple ghetto city for all the typical reasons.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. FromGa

    Memphis is the murder capital of the country. That's nothing to be proud of.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    I totally agree with END of AMERICA.
    Our government wants this to be a 3rd world country.
    Easier to take over, if you don't have a home or a job.
    It's sad to see, it's only gonna get worse.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. FromGa

    More power to you on having mixed babies. Just make sure to pay your child support. Otherwise your a worthless POS.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. gordon sceptic

    Watch out Yanks, you and your country are being slowly taken over and you can thank your "dont guard the southern borders" prez for much of this. Enjoy the next two years of his presidency if you can!!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • DG

      They are coming in through the northern borders as well... close off one option illegals will always find another which is one of the reasons the war on drugs never worked. Hell drug gangs are using submarines now. There is no logical way to secure all the borders and waterways of the USA... unless we build a twentyfoot wall manned with snipers.... oh that won't work either since they are discovering tunnel after tunnel into the

      April 15, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. sanjay01

    To all Latinos:
    you can keep bashing the Whites for their 'Racism", but u all will STILL have to live in 3rd World country like Mexico. That is the good news.
    The bad news is that u Latinos just love to actually live a in 3rd World country. U Latinos take a wicked pleasure in destroying America. And I just can't wait for those White Democrats to now get a taste of the Latino racism that they think do not exist.
    And I am a non-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • DG

      But not non-stupid and nuts because you think you are a psychic that knows why each and every illegals reason for coming here. The republicans are just as much responsible as the dems for the mess we are in.... I don't care for either esp a pres that gets away with multiple bankruptcies but always made money off the tax payers for his mistakes and a fake war based on non existant wmds. Both sides are manipulating us and using us.

      April 15, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. sanjay01

    It's quite funny to see Latinos bash White Americans, and at the same leave their own Latino countries to live here !!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. diane chokondic

    Quality not quanity! We should know who is in our country thats not a citizen. The rest start sending home, Enough of coming overhere for free handouts and dropping anchor babies. This opendoor policy is bull . Thanks carter for starting this

    April 15, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lee Oates

    Sounds like a definate improvement in New York.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. MrId

    Sweet. Where's my special rights and benifits?

    April 15, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. binarystar

    there's some really good racism and ignorance in these comments, guys. kudos.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Capt Huffnpuff

    Very bad reporting. Whites are not THE minority. There is no majority and whites are just another minority. San Jose, CA, hasn't had an ethnic majority of any group for years. Every group is a minority. Also, it tics me off that "whites" is a racial term, yet everyone else is referred to by ehtnic group. If so and so is a Hispanic American or an Asian America, then respect my heritage, too. I am an Anglo American.

    April 15, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
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