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. Earth

    There's a HUGE problem with this. Most Hispanics are WHITE. How can you say that WHITE populations are dropping when in fact they are not?

    Hispanic is not a race.

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

      Unless it serves their agenda.

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

      Thank god someone knows what they're talking about!
      Listen, I am an example of a white Hispanic (light skin and blond hair). Does that mean I'm mixed? No. I am fully white in the sense that I could trace my family tree on both sides to European origins, namely Spanish.

      It's like this in my whole neighborhood. They look just like average "American white people", but their last names are Garcia, Hernandez, Espinoza, etc.

      What most people think of when Mexican, Latino, or Hispanic come to mind is just the native Indians of south America; disregarding the possibility that their own race could be Hispanic as well.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Senora Gringa

      See, now you're talking factually and that scares a lot of folks. These folks don't process the name Cameron Diaz, they just see the blue eyes and blonde hair.

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

    So this means that now as a white american female, I can get some benefits from the government?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Valerie

    Yes, look how this country has gone to crap, and will continue to. This explains it!

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

      It must be cause white people are messing it up. Whites are still the majority, just not in the cities

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

      Yes, but everyone knows that the big cities hold the majority of the political power. The city = media.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. quanellxisadoofus

    Why do we still have to have a census by race? Aren't we all just people that live and die and do the best we can when we are here? If we could live as people instead of as specific races life would be much better for everyone.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Meoff

    I hope the blacks dont "get even" with us for slavery...

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

      What revenge for slavery. My Father's side never owned a slave and worked the land as famers all on their own (dairy famers, no machine all manual) My mother is an immigrant from Austrialia. My father-in-law's side was shipped here in a penal colony and mother-in-law family emmigrated as poor farmers from Scotland. None of them owned slaves.

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

      Why should they. Were you there? God, you must be old.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sasha

    Whites are not the ONLY minority. This just means they are not the largest race group in the city. Im sure there are other race groups with much smaller populations than whites in these cities

    April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghostality

      We all should duck tape our knees and ankles. Too many people on the planet anyway.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carlos

    The social construct of race has no bearing on anything whatsoever. The only thing is does is create dissent and seperation. I'm sure if some aliens beamed down from outer space no one would give a flying puck what race the person next to you is.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rivirivi

    Wow! I thought we just say HUMAN instead of you color this and I color that!

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

      Then why black history month? What happened to white history month? IF you going to have one, you gotta have the other. Otherwise, it becomes one sided as it has been all along.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gunner

    Personally, as a white city-dweller and home owner, I can't wait to be able to afford to move away from the obnoxious, uncivilized lot that used to be called "minorities." Nothing prejudiced about that staement- I'm not "pre-judging" anyone. Just 15 years of experience, and the plain truth.

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

      I'm sure they'll be glad to see your ugly ass leave

      April 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      When "they" complain its "da truth yo." When us white folks complain.....we are racists. We should know our roll and let them destroy our neighborhoods.

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

      Stop it Gunner it does not matter the race anymore all them kids are CRAZY to be serious the white ones are arrogant due to white might syndrome

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

      No Craig you have valid complaints at times BUT you see how complaining falls on deaf ears. For us we can't complain about the effects of slavery you tell us to stop whining, then throw a holocaust memorial and tell us never to forget them. I don't see too much you can complain about you ran the country now be nice and move over. Heck blacks can't get ahead anyway still stuck trying to be drug dealers! Locked up not producing children while the hispanics make whopee like no tomorrow .

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

      Tyrone,NY. Remember, Hispanics owned slaves. Hell they devastated the Native American population in South and Central(as did whites I know). I doubt you wherever a slave. And the Jews are constantly murdering Palestinians...your point?

      April 15, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. NYC = Mini India

    Have you seen how many indians are in NYC ..

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

    Chicago is another city is whites are became the minority, in this city the majority are Indus, Ethiopians, Palestine, Egypt and Armenians, I must add that these people are the ugliest men and women in earth. They hare are not educated, their looks is ugly and are very rude business people.

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

      Um, you shouldn't call people uneducated and then proceed to use bad English....I'm just saying.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Don't you sound educated! "Their looks is ugly..."

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

      Winner! Yes folks we have here the prime example of where this country is headed.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The_Unspoken_Truth


    April 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rivirivi

    With this kind of "intelligent" (JA JA NOT!) article, there are some people here that are already saying: "You see, US went to crap. Are they actually calling the rest of AMERICAN HUMANS of all colors of skin crappy? or capable of making it all Crappy? is CNN gone nuts!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The_Unspoken_Truth

    Not all white people are closed-minded; I tend to like them, actually.

    But for the dumb, bigoted ones on this board. How are you smart enough to make a great "God" given nation and dumb enough not to find a way to keep your majority?

    Digest that one.

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

      Let's deal with one problem at a time, shall we? Let's keep GOD out of it. Religion is a whole other issue that is turning America into a nightmare. Especially for gay minorities like me.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      White people don't reproduce to get government benifits and usually only have as many as they can afford. It's not a race to see which race can have the most people. The only people that should be allowed to have kids are the ones who will take care of them, and that goes for every race.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    Hey – all of you white people who are upset about this – go have more kids if you want more "white" people. Why would you really care if there are less whites.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Wow. A catch 22.

      If they don't make kids, they'll lose their majority status.

      If they do make kids, they'll be "ignorant, blood sucking leeches on society".

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

      thats about how it goes – why does anyone even work anymore – we can all leech on the government.

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