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. glu

    Actually this country will be Somalia within 15 years.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yuck mouth

    This country is fooling everybody like always making it seem like immigrants are a threat so hate groups can kill them just like they did muslims and anybody of color and dont forget the countless police shootings to these colored races

    April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alan jimenez

    And one day ill tell my son that history about that weird white people ruling the country... "Yes, the people who cut the grass used to discriminate us" yeah... It will be scary story... Muahahaha!!! Viva la raza!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nic

    Facts are facts, it doesn't mean they're racist. This is an issue because, as statistics show, other races are much more criminally active and irresponsible. Whites aren't the perfect model of a civilian, but as a whole they are much closer than other races.

    That's not racism, it's common sense.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      So true and sorry people but the truth hurts

      April 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Shephard

      it's called Evolution – we are much more evolved as a race.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nightman

      much more tricky and cunning as a race. Well the chinese have something in store for all your asses

      April 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. reverend heresy

    Most people do not realize it is hard to gain access to a visa for the states unless you meet certain requirements. My brother-in-law could not come to my wedding because he was denied.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nick

    Cool! Can I get college grants now?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ochogaa

    am addicted to reading racial slurs on commentaries to articles like this, its a real problem, i just cant stop it someone help

    April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Feces on Feeding Tube

    Only whites watch their mothr rot on the living room floor for three months.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • joetheplumber

      yeah because they busy working for your...

      April 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reality Check

    Unless you are an Aboriginal/First Nations person in Canada, or an American-Indian, or Aboriginal Person in the United States, we are ALL immigrants or have some connection to IMMIGRATION into North America.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed

    This nation was never built on the principle of "diversity". This nation was built on the principle of a "melting pot". The end result was suppose to be one nation, one language, one set values and we were all suppose to be Americans 1st. We have turned into a "diversity pot" with each diversity looking out for only their own interests, celebrating only thier own ethnicity, having their own lobbying groups and some even refusing to learn English. Even the government now encourages this "diversity pot" by taking census data based on race which was never the intent of the census. A nation is only as united as are it's people – well past time to get back to the melting pot and recognize we are one people in one nation.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Yes but the one language and one set of values would have to be enforced, instead of being optional.....these sankies are marrying only to come to the US and the they are walking away from their spouses and children to go start another set to walk away from in a few years...its disgusting!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • caltrans

      That's a good thought in theory, but the reality is that this country is all based on self interest, the name should be officially changed to the united states of self interest....

      April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annoymous

      A great quote from Theodore Roosevelt "Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country."

      April 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OMG

    That because the idea of having 15 children to increase the amount of food stamps each month does not appeal to us!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter

    You want fried rice with that?

    Get used to it. lol

    April 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The_Unspoken_Truth

    LOL you people kill me.

    I'm not against any race; but to think that only whites possess the intelligence and creativity to run a civilization is ludicrous.

    There were great empires before America. As a matter of fact, Europeans built upon millenia of advances from the Middle East, Egypt, and Africa (and Asia).

    There is so much innovation and technology coming from India and China, it isn't funny. (not to mention, Asians have higher IQ's)

    There are creativity and brilliance in all peoples.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      So I'm guessing you have seen what is going on in Africa these days right? Some areas maybe good but there are a ton of bad ones.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      That has been the failure of this nation for the past 40 year. We have gone from a melting pot to identifying, counting, recognizing, having official ethnic recognition weeks, signs in multiple languages, etc. This nation is becoming a collection of ethncs vs a melting pot. We now talk more about diversity then about being a unified nation. A nation is only as strong as the strength of the unity of its people. Without unity a nation will eventually tear itself apart. Much like we have started to do already.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Heeler

    Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE needs to get over calling out "colors." We are all mixed up anyhow. Almost every shade of person has European ancestry. Ghengis Khan made sure many Europeans have Asian ancestry, and lets face it, we ALL have African ancestry if you go back far enough. So lets drop the whole color obsession, and just start talking about cultural identification. Someone who looks "white" may connect more with the African American culture, and someone who looks "Asian," may in fact connect with Eastern European culture, and lets not forget those who look hispanic may in fact be from Southeast asia. Oh, and please don't forget the Pacific Islanders who could be called "black" at first glance. Just get over the color thing.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mejazzbo

    I live in one of those cities, Las Vegas. Just like in many major metro cities a good size part of it is a no man's land for white people. That's not racist. That's a fact of life. I'm betting there are many minority (new majority) people wish they didn't live there either. I can't even go to the VA on West Owens without getting harassed for money and having my car vandalized in the parking lot. Cops don't care. They call it "The Block".

    April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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