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. James

    This is retarded. If you are looking at race you cannot group all minorities as one. while the population of all minorities has grown over the past ten years in NYC, the predominate race within the city is still white.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. allanhowls

    Why do white people assume that they are SUPPOSED to be in a majority? Do we think it's our god-given right to be in charge, that we're somehow supposed to have higher numbers due to some mythical superiority?

    In short, why do you care about their skin color/ethnic background at all? Why not a headline like "Americans are becoming more uniformly beige?"

    April 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill in VA

    Brian, I hope you are never in charge of counting votes. "You don't have to have 50% to have a majority" ??? LOL

    April 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Pickle

    Good – now maybe we can get some more white kids into college instead of having under-qualified "colored" kids get preference.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      It doesnt matter. THeir job will go to some trailer park kid whose father owns the company. 🙂

      April 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • holdingmybreathe

      "COLORED"??? wow that is so 1930's of you. LOL here iare the facts read them get the stuck in your mind boo boo.. as long as we qualify for grants and scholarships WE will be college bound.. but guess what?? it was a man of non color who made it out of collage with a "C" GPA that didn't have enough sense to CHEW a pretzle that jacked this country up.. oh thats ok cause he is NON colored right???? ONLY in America you have got to love it.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ID10T

    Just another reason not to go to any of those cities!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. holdingmybreathe

    ok so here is my thoughts on the issue. The bible does speak about this 😀 I am smiling the meek shall inheriate the earth.. lol There is a God 😉 *sitting back waiting for the angry people*

    April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JJ

    It just means white man can't screw. Not even viagra can help you now. LOL! 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      You know monkey, as much as you are trying to insult white people I have to say you are correct, your small bannana brain figured this out, Whites have only themselves to blame.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 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 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Dawn


      April 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    And to those that think that blacks/Latinos can't survive without the white man: Charlie Manson much?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marsha

    Illegals were counted in the census as the form did not have a box to check for citizenship. I'm very nervous to see the results for the 2020 census.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      I don't understand why you are nervous?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cpriit

      New law starting 10 years ago: Your mommy or daddy is in the country illegally...then you're NOT a citizen. That goes for just about ANYONe whose last name ends in "z" (Ortiz, Henrnadez, etc)

      April 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      or maybe its just the grasp of the english language, which "buns mcgee" clearly does NOT have.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      WOW buns, I hope it isn't your race doin the F- en. Your a complete idiot. America was built on diversity from the beginning.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dropknowledge

      Whether whites are the majority or minority, they will still control everything. Europeans conquered every land and all the other races look to white as the pinnacle. That will not change because of a census. White people were not near the majority in Africa but they ran it and still do. I've been all over the world and no other races of people have self worth. Indians and Chinese bleach their skin and worship American movie stars. Africans love the American hip hop stars and the women get weaves just like the ones here so they can look more European. If the mindset of other races doesn't change, they will always be looking for whites to lead them. Obama is half white. It helped him win the election. America will never have a fully black President because the people aren't ready.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • iceAge

      @Tony, If you read history America was built on abusing immigrants, but thats beside the point... Or is it?

      April 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marc

    I don't understand why anyone would be upset that they aren't the majority any longer. The Indians seem to have gotten over being butchered and relocated to Oklahoma or where ever they are (when was the last time anyone saw a real Indian? They call them NATIVE Americans for a reason). Black people seemed to have survived the boat ride over, slavery, it being illegal to learn how to read and seems to be making progress. So white people you might want to consider yourself lucky because example after example you have proven that it could have been worse.

    Education is the key, no wonder congress is trying to cut funds for education, most of their kids probably go to private schools with the money these politicians made off of the housing collapse,the financial collapse, subsidy's for oil companies, and the prison system. The bible says "my people perish for a lack of knowledge" now was God talking about white people, mexican people, black people or could God have been so bold to include all of us, and called all of us his people? In life we all want better for ourselves and families. We either come up together or perish together.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Fear of retribution, maybe? Boy, am I glad I've been nice. But count me in as someone wrecking the stats. I married Hispanic, which, contrary to current popular belief, does not mean immigrant.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      a) your ignorance is overwhelming, I have seen/known many Indians, and Pakistanis, etc.
      b) what the hell does education have to do with a census?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      who's upset? most people leave the city because of trash, pollution, and crime, I lived in the city for the first 22 years of my life, it is a pity how it has changed, I would never go back to live only to visit

      April 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • UH60L

      No, you married American, which is all that should matter when talking about the census (or anything else).

      April 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Obama being elected set in motion the "Great White Flight"...I wonder what Africa's white population is like these days?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • peoplepeople

      Good Post... No American should fear becoming a minority. We should all just be grateful that things aren't worse. God knows it could be. American people need to show brotherly love and support of one another and stop this madness.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Honkee

      What's a White? It doesn't sound very nice...kind of derogatory.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolaj

      Preach, Marc!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • rgengel

      Its real simple-the indians didnt financially support the cowboys on welfare

      April 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kwabena Falson

      AWESOME Marc, thank you for your insightful comments. Unfortunately, a lot of ethnicities prefer to have a "tribal" mentality vs a "one human race" mentality. Again, thank you for your comments.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Good points Marc! I just have one question about this article. Is this article stating that Whites are not the majority when combining all the other races (Blacks, Hispanics, Asian etc) or that another race has taken over as the majority race in these cities? If it stating the first and not the latter, what race is the majority in New York or San Diego (for example). Please clarify.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom David

      Just look up on You Tube "Whites in Zimbabwe" or "South African Farm Murders" and you will see the future of our children and grandchildren. The white man in North America is quickly heading for the cooking pots...
      Tom David

      April 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tb2

      are you trying to set an example as uneducated?

      maybe if you had said education you would know that the plural of subsidy is "subsidies", not "subsidy's". and that most modern computers have spell checkers. i'm just sayin'

      April 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • TorontoTransplant

      Thank you Marc!!!!! I don't believe in the God stuff, but same exact sentiment tho!
      Too bad for all of the racist remarks – hopefully in a couple more generations it won't be the case anymore. I for one have raised my daughter to not see race or religion – as MLK jr. said "judge by the content of the character, not the colour of the skin".
      Thank you!

      April 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JImBob

    JimBob can't wait to get his job as the token whiteman, then sign up for gov'ment money. Free food, free housing, free medical and so on. P.S. The reason that JimBob can't succeed in this country is because of all the racial prejudice against him.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. White


      April 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • caltrans

      Head out to the Midwest, many of your kind are already receiving what you seek.

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

      I love how when a minority accomplishes something that has already been done before, they treat it like they represent the whole black/asian/hispanic/muslim community. But when a minority commits a crime, all of a sudden they don't represent the community. You can't take the credit for all the good, and then distance yourself from your races bad habits.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD7777

      Blacks, hispanics, and asians are just as racist as white people, actually they are worse because they dont think they have anything to feel guilty about 🙂

      April 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyrone, NY

      LMAO JIMBOB!!!!!! NOOOOOO the government broke my peole down with those hand outs you see how hard it is to get some of them to work now! If it's free it ain't for me! That's the mantra once you take handouts you are forever frowned upon as a needy demographic. stay strong and consider farming it worked for us.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yaknow who

    It's because the ignorant breed the most. Simple as that.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Are you calling Mormons ignorant?

      April 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • UH60L

      If the shoe fits.......

      April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Says "yaknow who".

      April 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DarkBronzePlant

      So, how are your twenty kids doing?

      April 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |

      You shouldn't be so hard on yourself, your parents didn't know you'd turn out to be so ignorant...

      April 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TorontoTransplant

      yaknow – you must come from a HUGE family then!

      April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Me

    It's them thair e-leagles! Grab yer pitchforks! Or coud it simply be that whites are just having less babies or some whites are marrying other ethnicities therefore, the babies are considered by another demographic. Settle down, people. There is room for all of us. We should be more concerned about the stupid, not those who aren't caucasian.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunner

      God what a snob

      April 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      Very true.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolwut

      Give it another 100 years or so and everyone will be some sort of mutt mix anyway. Maybe then people will finally stop making everything about race.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      lolwut- totally agree, I like how you put it!

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

    I am surprised by that statistic, I would have thought it would have been more metropolitan areas than that.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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