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. Steve Miller

    I think all or you are crazy.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Thank you.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      It's about time you noticed me.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. getsirius

    Still waiting for all my benefits for being white! Does mean I will finally get them???

    April 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Most people on welfare are white...

      Most black people are not on welfare.

      Man, your dumb behind must have voted for McCain...

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

      Actually I worked in public housing in two different cities and it was mainly all black people getting the benefits.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Um...I'm pretty sure you've received those everyday of your life.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood Jablome

      @Kelly, Yes and I don't drive on a highway to work, therefore there are no highways.

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

      Sorry Heywood Jablome, but "The Unspoken Truth" was wrong.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bryttni in Washington state

    Does this mean we get speacial school grants for school now?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sakibaba

      Nope caucasians just shifted from being the majority(i.e. more than 50%) to being the single largest minority group in those ciites(i.e. maybe 49%). You will get the benfits when one or more races either supercede you or you become insignificant in your numbers to really affect any change.
      Democracy is a great system until 98% of the country has the same goals. Gets much more noisier when it gets more evenly divided. Case example is India where hindus are 70% of the poulation but 20% muslim, 5% christan and 5% sikh as well as Budhists have sufficient numbers to affect the agenda of the majority.
      Now people will have to be more sensitive to each others agendas and only co-operation will be way forward. Gone are the days of 'my way' or the 'highway'. Hopefully this is a good thing.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michelle

    Damn, get over yourselves. Were all humans.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bdo

      I feel like a minority. You know how many African Americans and Hispanics I have seen get leadership positions over more qualified white workers just because businesses are afraid of being sued by NAACP? Too many. Im one of them.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jerryo

    Has anyone counted the number countries which have to import over half their food?
    It's only a question of time here too!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sakibaba

    So basicallythis means that to get the minority status it means that whites are no longer more than 50% of the population. If they are 49% then they just happen to be the single largest racial group just not the super majority anymore.
    From what I read is that the cities heve no more majorities left and will be more evenly distributed. This can be a boon for race relations as everyone will have more vested interest in the entire city succeeding as a whole and more shared responsibilites and goals.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paris in Chicago

      and the Indus are taking over America, if so, at least learn to dress up as civilized people and not bring your ugly custmons here.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |

      the ones who are over populating America are the people from India, thery re-produce like rats.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IDon

    Free housing, free education, free food, etc! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Finally!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    Next up on CNN: How CNN itself restarted the race riots.

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

      can't wait – then we'll see the myths are wrong 😉

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


      April 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • terracotta

      CNN has been calling everything racist for a while now. There's nothing like a good racist story. I think CNN invents this stuff because they've lost all their good reporters.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Balisticalx

    I wonder if there is any correlation between Whites becoming the Minority + America starting to fail .... hmmmmmm

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

      Correlation does not mean causation. This nation has been slowly failing from the start, just do a little research into how many times our nation has simply raised the debt ceiling.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gaybob

    does this now give us whites the right to whine about everything that doesn't happen to go our way?!

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

      No. That means you are a Democrat!!

      April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • terracotta

      Good answer, Lance!

      April 15, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Looney Tunes

    I bet this really gripes the a$$ of all the Billy Joe Jim Bob's out there. 🙂

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

      Contrary to popular belief, there aren't that many people with those kinds of names anymore.

      That said, why would jim bob be upset, the united poor white boy college fund is there to help him......a mind is a terrible thing to waste, no matter what color of skin it's wrapped in.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rosemary Peppercorn

    Whites are the minority in the WORLD. Why not big cities? In a recent trip to NYC, I was the only white on many trains, so it doesn't surprise me. CNN recently had an article about the most "average" face in the world, and it was an Asian face.

    So whites are in the minority. So what? Big deal. Who cares?

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

      White & proud .... just not that tan

      April 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Call it karma... after years of being treated as second-class citizens, having prejudice and racial bigotry thrown at them, life has finally decided to even the balance. Guess a lot of white bigots are gonna be scared now! Wonder how they'll take it when the day comes they have to work for a minority boss! LMFAO

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

      Bla bla bla bla bla. Do you really think the census numbers mean anything? There plenty of white people working for and or with colored folks.

      The idea that releasing census numbers actually changes anything in this country is pretty ignorant. Good or bad, people won't change or go hide in fear, because of this data being released.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      Sounds like you are the racist Dan.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghostality

      Um, you are lumping everyone in one category that stretches several 100's of years. I don't remember being alive back then. So, your reasoning does not make any sense. I didn't own any plantations. Nor did I beat any nor was responsible for slaves and their situation. But my great grandmother was half black. Me? I have strawberry blond hair and identify as a white male. I've seen more discrimination coming from black people than any other race. What does that say?

      April 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghostality

      I have worked for black managers. And every single one of them were racist as HE double hockey sticks. Get over yourself.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • charmedaz

      Been there done that, 10 years ago. I worked for the County here in Arizona, my Admin. boss..Hispanic...office boss, Hispanic, the people we answered to downtown (bosses boss) Hispanic and 1 AA. I was the only white person in those meetings, our whole office as a unit? (the worker drones no authority) ...white + 1 Hispanic that no one else liked not even the other Hispanics..lol

      April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ryanzzzz

    Essentially almost every comment I've read hear is idiotic.

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

      your ranks right up there with them.....

      April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      You mean "here"

      April 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Who cares

    Seriously why does anyone care

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