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. s kel

    well im waiting!

    April 15, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoz Pal

      There have been arrests linked to online bullying & encourgement of a suicidal action while not informing relevent services.

      I as your voluntary lawyer of the day insist you shut you ape mouth and hope no'one tops themselves with this web page still on their computer screen when the EMS arrive.

      April 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JKeyes

    How many are ILLEGAL?

    April 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. MST

    I keep on reading rants about black people being on welfare, "reverse discrimination" because of affirmative action, etc. Well, I am black and I have never gotten a job through affirmative action, nor do I know anyone else who has. I have never been on welfare and once again, I don't know anyone who is. I have worked hard for everything I have and I don't expect or want "handouts" from anyone. I am not a criminal or drug user. I live in a nice, middle-class, racially mixed neighborhood and take pride in my home and community. There are millions of black men and women like me all over the country. My question is this: why do so many whites refuse to acknowledge that people like me exist?

    April 15, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • christopher

      MST: Oh you exist, and many people recognize that (pull your head up a bit and talk to people from all walks of life). Unfortunately, you arent the norm. You are an exception. If people from ALL races were like you...(hard workers that dont place blame on others constantly for their own faults)..we would have a great country. Sterotypes happen for a reason. It is normally because the majority of the population group has specific traits. Many times they reinforce those traits.....(just watch how todays generation embraces anyone with gold teeth and a gun). Got to be like that guy! Hes a hero! All the races have specific traits that define the majority of them in one way or another. If the exceptions to the rule were running things, you would have a more pleasant society that is tolerant of each other. That isnt going to happen anytime soon. We have only been around for a few hundred years. This society probably wont last the next 100 before it falls apart. Wish it wasnt that way, and It's not a good thing, but it is what it is. We can debate this all day. In the end this is the truth.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      MST – Some of it is old fashioned racism but I think most of it is frustration. Hollywood, the media, pandering politicians, and race mongers like Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and La Raza representatives have been telling all white people for years that they're racist monsters. In Southern California, where I live, there are tons of openly racist pro-hispanic organizations, jobs programs, scholarships etc. Anything remotely positive toward white people is viciously attacked. People are fed the **** up. The anti-white sneering of the elitist liberal crowd only makes whites angrier and angrier and angrier. It all has the potential to get very ugly.

      Also, the left and the Democratic Party deliberately try to bait white people into racist outbursts and lots of people fall for it. It feeds the left's power if they have white racism to denounce and frighten people with.

      April 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rick

    please my fellow americans , white + white = white on the other hand white + non white = non white , why you ask to help separate us from the E pluribus unum:

    April 15, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. coolbreeze

    The only reason why whites are becoming a minority is because there is a huge increase of latino babies. See latino mothers have babies like doe (female rats).

    April 15, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      True. And moronic Whites need to STOP paying for the breeding and feeding of same.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lane

    It seems, after all, that no country is bound to submit to immigration any more than to invasion; each is war to the knife, and resistance to either but legitimate defence.
    Robert Louis Stevenson

    April 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    You can never have too many asian women. 😀

    April 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dirty Sanchez

    Why do we have butt hairs? Why?

    April 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • coolbreeze

      There is something is the beans we eat....They're so rich in fiber that when eaten the body system get overload of fiber and all that power comes out thru our Farts and we start growing hair on our butts too!

      April 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whiteman

    Im seeing alot of people on here hating on white people i thought the white people were supposed to be the racist ones according to most people (bad joke right). simple fact is "African Americans" and Hispanics get more welfare help than white people if they did a race break down of the welfare system i bet there will be a majority of African Americans and Hispanic on it most of them on it probably aren't even legal citizens so that means they wont pay taxes and they just use up our resources for it. and these two races claim police are "racist" and think they can go out and do all the crime they want becuase they are a "minority" so if thats the case then i suppose us white people can get all the welfare help we want and sit back and collect free money from the government and so on.

    April 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Factman

      66% of welfare goes to waitpeople... sorry.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. coolbreeze

    I think whites are upset because they are loosing the land to minorities. I think you should assimilate in England

    April 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anti-Racist_Is_A_Code_Word_For_Anti-White

    So when will the Anti-Whites decide there is enough diversity? When Whites are 25% of the country? 10%?

    April 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KevinGoodwin

    It really saddens me that respondants have no better decency than to attack Herb for speaking truth. The culture changed dramatically since WWII. Large families stopped being the norm decades ago, except for certain cultures that have substantially grown because of it. For the rest, quit complaining. You'll find a way to assume Hispanics as White, the same way you did the Irish, Italians, Germans, and Jews. If that hadn't been done generations back,"White" would have become a minority far sooner than now.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jommt

    the jews are the most raciest of all ,Jews are the most evil ppl on earth!

    April 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john sanchez

    white women are the most staunch supporters of the feminism movement.
    how can you worry about kids when you care about is being independent, nothing wrong with that at all.
    just saying something has to give, can't have both.

    April 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reality

    with all the white people gone noones left to pay the bills.....

    April 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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