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. PCisToast

    If any white person says"race does`nt matter" then they are essentially saying:"I don`t care if there are no more white children in the future"

    You are either pro-white,or pro-white geNOcide.

    There is no 3rd option:Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. PCisToast

    "Anti-racism is the persuit of equality"

    Anti-whites neglect to mention that "equality" for "mankind" comes at the expense of white children.

    You anti-whites are genocidal charlatans:Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. PCisToast

    Anti-whites think white children are worthless chaff not worthy of protection as a racial group from demographic elimination(genocide).

    Do YOU agree with that disgusting anti-white belief,my fellow white citizens?

    April 15, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. PCisToast

    Maybe if Saddam had just flooded the Kurdish villages with non-Kurds and ordered the Kurds to "assimilate" with the non-Kurds he could have waited a few decades,wiped out the Kurds as a racial group,and no one would have accused him of committing genocide?

    That`s what anti-whites are currently doing to white people.

    So we can see clearly that:Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. PCisToast

    The anti-whites are running scared now that people are finally waking up to the fact that Anti-racism is just a codeword for anti-white.

    Roll on the live TV debates!

    April 15, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. PCisToast

    Hey,let`s flood Haiti with millions of non-blacks and order the Haitians to "assimilate" with those non-blacks.

    We`ll bank on the fact that most people don`t know about the 1948 genocide convention and it`s legal protections for national,religious,and RACIAL GROUPS and hey presto,the Haitians will be demographically exterminated!

    Who could ever accuse us of advocating Haitian genocide?

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. PCisToast

    Africa for Africans!

    Asia for Asians!

    White countries for EVERYBODY!

    Save the whales!

    Save the spotted owl!


    No one can dispute: Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      Wow, don't you have a KKK website to run somewhere? Who's guarding the gate at your backwoods militia compound if you're here parroting talking points from some White Supremacy pamphlet?

      April 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PCisToast

    These rabid anti-whites should stop pretending that they have any kind of moral legitimacy because the plain fact is they demand that all white children should be denied the ability to exist on this planet as a racial group.

    They stand exposed as white genocide supporters.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. PCisToast

    Anytime an anti-white says "we will fight racism" what they really mean is"we will fight white people's ability to exist as a racial group in defiance of the 1948 genocide convention"

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. MacPherson

    Abraham Lincoln woke up with a hangover one morning and said "I freed the what?"

    April 15, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. cal

    If it's whites versus everyone else, then yes someday in the future whites may be the minority. If it's whites versus African Americans, then whites will still be the majority. Likewise if it's whites versus Latinos or any other individual group whites will still be the majority. So whites need to stop panicking. I thought we were all Americans first, so why this divisiveness?

    April 15, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Katie

    I thought race wasn't supposed to matter any more?? Why report on race populations if we're not supposed to care about race?? Stupid....

    April 15, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yes We Cant

    As long as our tomatos get picked who cares??

    April 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Wilbur Post

    Bored with Blacks.
    Had it with Hispanics.

    Show me the White areas. That's where I want to be.

    B&H's ruin everything

    April 15, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Phil

    Time to take our country back.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Good luck.

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

      So you are Native American, yes?

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

      I am officially announcing what I have felt for some time. I am not proud to be an American! Welcome to the 3rd world!

      April 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • coolbreeze

      it was never yours to begin with

      April 15, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Phil – it's too late. We need our OWN country.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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