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. Proudasian

    Maybe the white women are looking for perfect men who is educated and rich(there is no such thing) and they are breeding less also very Bi***y and gold diggers..........

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

      And your suggestion would be that we look for ignorant, uneducated poor guys?

      April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Earth

    Does it really matter? We're moving towards a new world order with a one world government. Soon we'll all be one race speaking one language (probably Chinese).

    Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and there is NOTHING you can do to stop it.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L.D.

    Last time I checked non-whites were still human beings too. Still are and always will be. If you don't like America as it is, maybe you should leave it. You know the old jingo: "America, love it or leave it."

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

    There is a New World coming.......under white domination there has been hate created against blacks, latino's, asians, jews, gays, etc. and anyone else who is not white with "christian values" these same values who stress and practice judgement, greed and dislike towards those who are different. These same people preach against aboration, gay rights and want to deport "illegals" as they laugh all the way to the bank at the expense of others, all in the name of their "christian white values".
    This issue is much more than minority or majority of America.....it is CONTROL......
    For those of you who are upset with the change in our population I have a simple comforting answer " take off your white hoods and pray"
    FYI – I am WHITE, GAY and A JEW !!!!

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

      Zoey as a White Straight JEW I am so ashamed of you, please convert to another religion stop embarrassing and humiliating the Jewish People, we really don't need your kind and our Father the God of Abraham, the God of Israel really does not like what you are doing in his name, when you say I am a Jew you are representing the most high, so please convert, change do something, liberal Jews are a disgrace, you are partly to blame for all this immigration problem in the world, man I hate you libs.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lobbyistgrl

    I don't mind the immigrants that are coming over. Most of their work ethics make a huge percentage of Americans look like the fat, lazy, uneducated pieces of poo they are.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Erin

    Given that this article is about race, I anticipate some truly ignorant comments...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I am still of the opinion that the census I'd deeply flawed, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Along with a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. styymy

    Thanks CNN for starting ish.....up! Responsible journalism at its best.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. El Filosofo

    Hey ignorant losers, I worked for the 2011 Census here in Los Angeles, and believe me, many many (to what appeared to me illegal immigrants) shut their door on my face. Many illegal immigrants DID NOT get counted because of fear of releasing information. Believe me I know. So most of the census DID count LEGAL residents who had nothing to fear. Also White people breed like animals too just like any other race (Mormons have dozens of kids, and hillbillies do as well) is a matter of lack of education not race. It is just so happens that many Catholic Hispanics in this country lack education on planned parenthood. The pope thinks using condoms is a sin and many actually follow his stupidity. I am Mexican and in a way I like that there are more Hispanics, but in the other hand I dont like the fact that many lack education. If most Hispanics would be more like me (Educated Intellectual) then it would be a very different story. That is what ultimately we need more of, educated and civilized people in this world.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • caltrans

      This is very true, education or lack thereof drives a lot of these factors, not ethnicity...

      April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wdrad

    And THATS why there is the "inner city" and the stigma attached to it..

    April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The_Unspoken_Truth

    Lots of people had a hand in building this country. European settlers often relied on help from Native Americans to navigate the new land and grow crops. Blacks poured in 500 years of lifetime slave labor. Asians helped with the railroads in California. To think only one race is responsible is crazy.

    Get over your superiority complexes and live in the 21 century

    April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    It's still a white majority in all these cities when you take each race individually.

    There's 1,981,442 whites in San Diego metro and they outnumber all other races:
    San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area 3,095,313 2,936,888 1,981,442 158,213 26,340 336,091 15,337 419,465 158,425 991,348

    If an area has 46% white, 23% black, 22% Hispanic, 7% Asian, and 2% other, that's STILL a white majority as there are more whites than of other races. You don't have to be over 50% to have a majority.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. coder2

    In related news, literacy is plummeting in New York and San Diego

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

    Not that I agree with these "white supremacist" but, they have always stated that this would happen if we did not control illegal immigration etc.....Now this actually makes them look semi smart............(Do not start bashing my as I STATED I do not agree with what they are all about !)

    April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DEAN

    Does this mean that we will some day have a White History Month....I vote for December! LOL!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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