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. bxgrrl

    And somehow the sun still comes up in the morning... (I'm white)

    April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |


    April 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name*john torreya

    They breed like rats
    And drain our resources and the govt does nothing to stem the tide of usurious pariahs and the ACLU protects these bums


    April 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    The thing is, most white people don't care about stats like this. Most of us think in terms of individuals unlike the us against them group mentality that seems to be dangerously prevalent among blacks and latinos.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulwisc

      Man, you are really living is a fantasy world. Most of the comments here are bigoted, and I'm betting that most of those posting the comments are white. Heck, even your comment is bigoted.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lila

    Don't forget people are mixing. Many Hispanics have a lot of white in them, if they hook up with a white spouse, they have white kids. My friend is half Mexican, her child i/4 and has white blond hair. Everyone is shocked when they find out.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD7777

      You do realize that hispanics are white? Spaniards came from Europe, mixed with the indians.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wigger

    hey white people dont worry, just ask the natives how they felt when the whole country was eventually taken over by white people.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms.A

      America's chickens are coming home to roost!

      April 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    As a gay, white, man living in NYC, I am now a "two-fer". When does the government begin offering me handouts? (I can hardly wait!!)

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. glu

    When the whites are all gone the country will become another Somalia.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      And we can all give you credit for the warning.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joetheplumber

    Good. Now we will get to rip off the welfare benefits, that is if the new majority can pay them.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      HAAAA good luck with that

      April 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindo

      Right...because the "white race" literally pays for things. They write checks out of their (our) Bank of America "White Race" checking account.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CSnord

    This bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "there goes the neighborhood".

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sailor

    Go home if you want to be a hyphenated American. Be part of, not apart from.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SillyPeople

    Ummmmm, so who cares? I didn't know there was a contest for which skin shade had the most people

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. denny

    1st off, I live in NY and I don't know a single white native New Yorker that doesn't refer to his or herself as either Irish American, Italian American, or Russian. It's not a problem to anyone but the white middle Americans who have no culture. Secondly, I'll be happy when the ranks off the business world and judicial system become as diverse as the cities in this article. If white people don't like it they can move back to Europe.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RBofLA

    Glad to see all the bigots and racists are taking this news as expected. Look at the bright side... now if your white and in NYC & SD you can apply for minority status jobs, open minority businesses, compete for minority contracts, and live off the welfare teat breed, become toothless, lazy, ignorant and want to do nothing with your life just like the people you've been spewing your ignorant comments about for decades. So I guess 'welcome to the family' is more in order!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the voice of reason

    this is pointless now the infection has spread to far into the mother body of America. white people abort abort abort

    April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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