Hispanics drive growth of U.S. white population
September 29th, 2011
10:13 PM ET

Hispanics drive growth of U.S. white population

The growth in the United States’ white population last decade is due largely to a rise in the number of the country’s Hispanics, the U.S. Census Bureau says.

And the number of people who reported their race as both black and white more than doubled, according to the bureau.

The data were part of two reports - one on the U.S. white population, the other on the black population - from the 2010 Census that the bureau released Thursday.

Hispanics account for 74% of white population’s growth

Though the number of whites in the United States rose last decade, and though they still were in the vast majority in 2010, their share of the total population dipped.

Because other races grew faster, whites’ percentage of the population - including multiracial whites - dropped from 77% to 74.8%. Nevertheless, the white population did grow by 14.1 million people, or 6.5% (to 231 million).

Of that growth, most of it came from people who identified as Hispanic. It is important to note that the bureau considers Hispanic to be a category of origin, not race.

Whites who said they were Hispanic accounted for 74 percent of the growth in the U.S. white population from 2000 to 2010, according to the bureau. This includes people who said they were multiracial white, such as white and black, or white and Asian.

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The number of Hispanic whites - both multiracial Hispanic whites and not - rose from 18.8 million to 29.2 million, and now represent 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, up from 6.7 percent.

Non-Hispanic white population declines in 15 states, increases in some big cities

The number of non-Hispanics who reported white as their sole race declined in 15 states, including 11 in the Northeast and Midwest. For whites as a whole, including white Hispanics and multiracial whites, their greatest population growth was in the West and South, with Arizona (21 percent increase), Nevada (21 percent) and Utah (20 percent) leading the way.

Non-Hispanic whites were increasingly drawn to some big cities. In nine of the 20 largest metropolitan areas, the percentage of non-Hispanic whites living inside the principal city, versus living outside, increased (Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, Boston and San Diego). This happened as percentages of people living inside the principal cities versus outside decreased in 19 of those metro areas.

Black population grows 15%; white-and-black up 137%

The population of U.S. blacks - either those who said they were solely black, or black in combination with other races - rose 15%, to 42 million. That comprises 14% of the U.S. population, up from 13% in 2000.

An increasing percentage of all U.S. blacks lived in the South, where most American blacks already lived. Fifty-seven percent of black-alone Americans lived in the South in 2010, up from 55% in 2000. Percentages decreased in the Northeast and the Midwest, the bureau said.

About 60 percent of blacks - multiracial or not - lived in 10 states in 2010: New York, Florida, Texas, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio, according to the bureau.

The number of people who said they were both black and white rose by 137%, from about 785,000 in 2000 to 1.8 million in 2010. The black-white population is the nation’s most prevalent multiracial group, the bureau said.

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  1. Tim

    What does being obese have to do with this article?

    This article is on population trends. Stick to the topic not some ignorant rant based on a personal agenda.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. unowhoitsme

    How many are legal residents? That should significantly lower the statistics.

    September 30, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    I would love to find a Hispanic girlfriend.

    September 30, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      Had one! The only problem is her family hated caucasians. Good luck!

      September 30, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. martinez

    Most "hispanics" are actually Mestizo's(indian/spanish) or Mullatos(african/spanish).

    September 30, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Why do stupid people keep categorizing Latinos as one thing? You're wrong. Please do a little homework before you make broad statements. More shame on you if you are Latin and you're making ignorant comments.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    A lot more comments here this morning than there were last night, most of which I skipped.
    Just say no BWD: blogging while drunk.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. morefoodstamps

    74%... oh goodie there goes what tax refund we still get back...

    September 30, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yaneli arroyo

    Hispanic are not only mexicans! I am a proud hispanic and puertorrican! Back to history half of us was mexican land .remember that ur great great great grandad and grandmom were imigrants has well ! ! We are almost in 2012 and is sad that people still have the mentality of 100 years ago ! Their something call evolucion. .

    September 30, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Shauna

      there is also something called spell check :o)

      September 30, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      I certainly hope you did not use my tax paying money to go to a public school. My god due u ned too no how to spel an knot butcher the anglish language.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • MeeToo

      Thank you Yanelli. I'm from Miami, probably one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. Every nationality imaginable resides in Miami. I work with lots of hispanics and they're not all Mexican. They're primarily Cuban, Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan. Then there are others from Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Guatamala and a bunch of other places. And yes it is sad that people still have the mentality of the olden days. I'm black so you know I hear and read some very ugly things about blacks. It's upsetting and I try to look pass it and not let the negativity get to me but it truly sucks that people still think and feel the way they do about blacks. And the way they feel about the hispanics with the "Mexican" comments all the time. American folk just need to wake up and realize that we're a mixed nation, mixed marriages, mixed kids, etc.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jj

    My dog is half greyhound half minpin hes such a good boy

    September 30, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. ??????????????

    It's theU.S. Census Bureau that's rascist! They ask a lot more questions than is needed. As far as I'm concerned there is no reason the government needs to know my ethnicity, the number of baths or wash basins in my house, the number of bedroms, how many people live in my house other than my spose and off spring,or how many dogs, light bulbs I may have! O.K. so I'm a fanaic, but all the questions are unnecessary, and I don't like it–I think by now you have gussed that much! All they need to know is if I'm a legal U.S. citizen, and that doesn't seem to matter any longer with all the peivileges given to illegals, it's almost as if they were first class citizens. Sorry, guess I've vented enough for now.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Shauna

      the worst part is that America seems to be the only country allowing this. In other parts of the world if you so much as enter without a 'green' card or passport you will be detained and/or deported. No questions asked. and barred from returning. Here we say come in sit down eat our food and take our jobs! Then we say use our foodstamps, social security and medicare while you are at it! Also pop out babies that are now 'citizens' and then cry when you are deported and seperated. What about the two men who spent 2 years in prison in Iran for being their illegaly? and they were simply hiking! Only in America! haha what a shame... a senseless shame

      September 30, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. ??????????????

    Sorry for the typos, guess I'm upset with the government and it's unnecessary spending.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dina

    Who wrote this pointless article? Using such simple language. There are factors that contribute to slot if these factors that are not even mentioned.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. wolf

    after church last sunday no one here in our town ever saw a census worker or got a form to fill out. probably many areas of this country did not get counted also

    September 30, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. sharon peters

    u all come to this country because u cant run your own country. And where are all the skinny latinos. A fat wife is a sign of wealth down there.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Victor Ramos

    The majority of Planet Earth is US!! Don't be afraid. Don't use numbers to DIVIDE all of US like you've been doing for hundreds of years. Unsuccessully, I might add. HAHAHAHA!!! India & Russia have stealth fighters. China as well. they OWN YOU NOW! Hahaha!!! Fastest computer where? Oops China!!!! Hahaha!! That's US!! You see...... THE BULLY FEARS BEING BULLIED!! Oh how we reap what we sow. FEAR YOU WILL GET IT BACK?? CANT FUDGE THESE NUMBERS LIKE YOU DID YOUR ECONOMY!!! But We Are Not Like YOU. We love PEACE!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JMissal

      You insinuate that hispanics love peace?

      Tell that to the citizens of Juarez.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      You are weird and a moron.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. equality

    I was looking at moving myself and family to Denmark since our kids can go to college there for free. However, I only have an associates degree and they require a bachelors degree to take up permanent residence in their country.

    Many children of illegal immigrants have fought and died for our country as American Soldiers. We can make a strong country with immigration. We just need to facilitate it better.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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