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. tim

    I have one question for these liberal hypocrites: why do u support multiculturalism in Europe and the US but demand Israel a Jewish State?

    April 15, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Herpa Derp

    A minority? Good – that means we can finally have things like the White Music Awards, White Culture Month, etc.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Carpaccio

    White people are constantly apologizing and begging to be told they're not racist. Hispanics don't care about any of that ****. We're seeing how that plays out. Whites are brainwashed weaklings and cowards. American culture teaches them to hate themselves for being white and so they do. They don't fight back. They just take it like wimps.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. u.s Citizen

    Why is it that illegals (criminals) Get free health care, food stamps, welfare, a house, free delivery of baby in hospital and don't pay taxes. When I pay Health Insurance premiums (and still have Medical Bills), Pay Taxes, and still owe hospital $1300 for my wife to give birth @ hospital?

    April 15, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pete Murphy

    Wow every single one of these people don't have a clue why does any of this matter when it comes to who runs the show.If you say you know and its based on color or Government you need to really really learn the truth to Corporations and wall street actually wall street isn't much either anymore trillions in stocks are not traded at a building in New York city anymore by white white collar folks. One of the biggest hedgefund playboy screw all the poor isn't white ,Asian or Hispanic.Bad credit due to lost jobs for corporate greed who cares what color they are.If your in the country by sneaking in its still wrong we all have to abide by the laws not that we agree with the laws but hey if the laws aren't great deal with it. things change deal with it .The biggest item of our times is corporate America running the show. Wouldn't they love every one blameing each other it keeps the eyes off of them.The goal you pay your own medical no matter what price if you can't then go in debt.no retirement only social security. What ever it takes to improve the stock value.Americans of all color are needed only for one thing to increase corporate profits world wide.How much is made in the usa sold in the stores of America would you believe its nearly 5 % and these folks are griping about what color someone is WOW. How about working a American Nuke plant to refuel it or tuning up a refinery or chemical plant or many other plants run with minimum workers on a normal day no retirement or medical unless they buy it with the wages they made ,or pay the twenty three thousand dollars for a four hour surgery or use the government to pay ,a few thousand will work two months then be laid off by a corporate company traded on the stock market and they don't care what color you are . No protection for all working Americans if the corporations get there way.So far they are.Problems with color WOW Theres a bigger picture there folks get real.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ted Ratter

    The desire to integrate grows by the square of the distance from the actual event.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. hi

    O'Doyle Rules!

    April 15, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. PCisToast

    No one says a neighborhood that is 100% black needs more diversity.

    No one says a neighborhood that is 100% asian needs more diversity.

    No one says a neighborhood that is 100% oriental needs more diversity.

    They are already 100% diverse.

    All white neighborhoods and only white neighborhoods always need to be more diverse. White neighborhoods only stop needing to be more diverse when there are no more white people left.

    Diversity is a codeword for white genocide.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dirty Sanchez

    Orale! Viva! Mi Pippi!

    April 15, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dennis D

    Does anyone see the coorelation between these statistics and the current decline of America? Just a coincidence? I think not.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dirty Sanchez

    Ola! Amigos!! How do I find this so called RedBox rental?

    April 15, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mainely Doc

    This article is "racist". There are no "black" or "white' or "Hispanic" people. We're all the same with different physical appearances and different attributes.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. PCisToast

    Anti-whites think that demographic extermination for white children is perfectly OK.

    Don`t bother asking them why they think that`s not a genocide according to the 1948genocide convention.

    They`ve not explained that anywhere on the internet.

    It does`nt take a rocket scientist to deduce that Anti-racist is just a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Craig Eliot

    Well ... what is there to say of a a people indifferent to their self-destruction but that they DESERVE it?

    April 15, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Will "political correctness" be used to help the whites as a minority? I been discriminated against in several all Latino shops.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
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