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Minorities Are Majority in 22 Big Urban Areas
09-06-2011, 05:22 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-06-2011, 05:24 PM by R.R.)
Minorities Are Majority in 22 Big Urban Areas
Quote:Minorities Are Majority in 22 Big Urban Areas, as America Reaches 'Demographic Tipping Point': Report

August 31, 2011 10:57 AM EDT

Minorities outnumber non-Hispanic whites in nearly a quarter of America's largest urban areas, a demographic development that is likely to expand as booming minority populations outpace the country's static white populations.

Non-Hispanic whites are now minority in 22 of the country's 100-biggest urban areas, including those surrounding Washington, New York, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis. The reversal is being fueled by a growth in Hispanic and Asian populations -- they grew by 41 and 43 percent, respectively -- and the fact that white populations have grown by less than one percent.

"What's happened is pivotal," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution who found the data in an analysis of the 2010 Census. "Large metropolitan areas will be the laboratories for change. The measures they take to help minorities assimilate and become part of the labor force will be studied by other parts of the country that are whiter and haveĀ­n't been touched as much by the change."

The finding also underscores the generational gap between the country's white and minority populations. A previous study of the census data found that for the first time a majority of babies born in the United States were non-white, and that a majority of elderly Americans were white.

Education Deemed Critical For Assimilation

At the time, Frey warned that "our future labor force is absolutely dependent on our ability to integrate and educate a new diverse child population," and he wrote in the newer analysis that the country's aging population could be resistant to an increasingly young and diverse population laying claim to government services.

"These changes, coming so quickly and evolving from the 'bottom up' of our age structure, may exacerbate existing cultural generation gaps, as older, largely white generations may be slow to recognize the promise of this change," Frey wrote.

The trend also promises to reshape the electoral landscape, as traditionally Republican enclaves become more diverse and could as a result drift left. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., told The Washington Post that a steady increase in suburban Virginia's minority population has already resulted in more Democrats getting elected.

"You're going to start seeing that demographic impact politically in the outer suburbs," Connolly predicted.

Quote:Eight U.S. metro areas show decline in white population

White populations have declined in eight metropolitan areas of the United States to the point where their minority ethnic groups have become the majority.

The latest census identified the eight regions as Washington, D.C. and the areas surrounding New York, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis.

The national minority headcount exceeded 100 million for the first time, led by Hispanics who have spread through different regions of the country. As a result, non-Hispanic Caucasians became the minority in 22 of the 100 largest urban areas in the U.S.

All large metropolitan areas registered a drop in percentage of Caucasians, but in 42 of the big-city regions, the white population shrank.

The growth of the U.S. population also came from Asian migrants, who are relatively young, while the Caucasian population is generally older and beyond their childbearing years.

Hispanics numbered 44.3 million and made up almost 50 percent of the U.S. population growth of 2.9 million from July 2005 to July 2006.


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