Diversity Explosion! Minorities Become Majority in 78 US Counties

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 8:30 pm (UTC-4)

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

From 2000 to 2013, minorities became the majority in 78 counties in the United States, with many of those demographic shifts occurring in California, the South, and along the East Coast, according an analysis conducted by the Pew Research Center.

It’s a shift in keeping with what demographers expect.

“In 2044, most of the United States, more than half of the population, will be something other than white,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution and author of the book Diversity Explosion. “There won’t be any group that will actually be a majority in 2044.”


White 63%
Hispanic 17%
Black 12%
Asian 5%
Other 3%

Pew only looked at counties with a minimum population of 10,000. Analysts found that 266 out of 2,440 counties are less than half white.

However, many of those counties are in heavily populated urban areas that account for about one-third of the nation’s population.

Whites make up less than half of the population in 19 of the 25 most densely populated U.S. counties.

Six of those counties — San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Sacramento counties (all in California), and Clark County, Nevada, and Broward County, Florida — were majority white in 2000 but aren’t any longer.

Counties with a White Minority Are Mostly in Sun Belt

Fourteen of the 78 counties that went from majority white to places where whites are less than half of the population were at least 60 percent white in 2000.

Overall, the white population in the United States is declining as Hispanic, Asian and black populations grow. In 1960, the population of the United States was 85 percent white. By 2060, it will be 43 percent white.

“We’re going to have a growing and vibrant population,” said Frey. “We have this young, racially diverse population that’s kind of bubbling up the age structure.”

The map below shows this diversity shift is occurring more quickly in some places than in others.


Where Minorities Became the Majority Between 2000 and 2013


8 responses to “Diversity Explosion! Minorities Become Majority in 78 US Counties”

  1. Atti says:

    Hispanic/Latino is not a race. Hispanics, can be African, Caucasian ,east asian, native american, mestizo(the typical ignorant american stereotype for ”Hispanics”), etc.

    this gaff makes these stats are useless.

  2. McBearsNY says:

    the real title of the article should read “WELFARE EXPLOSION”

  3. Xaaji Dhagax says:

    I strongly believe that America will remain THE NUMBER ONE! No matter which group of the population will become majority or minority. America may have a long rocky road to eliminate racial injustice. I never thought America will have the capacity and capability to elect two times the son of black Muslim immigrant. I never imagined the world will witness to see a black president of USA in our life time. America may continue to have undesirable decisions from foreign policies, ….the international communities have to deal with it. No one should panic about that!

  4. Jeff says:

    Its not that trite term “diversity”. Its population replacement plain and simple. Thanks Senators Ted Kennedy, Phillip Hart and Emmanuel Cellar. You lied when you said the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 wouldn’t profoundly change the demographics of the United States.

  5. Gwood says:

    Whites still constitute the majority it most cases because they are still the major population, it just so happens that the major population percentage dropped below 50.01 percent.

    I am assuming, and I hope I’m right, Pew is using the term “majority” to mean populations 50.01 or greater. So, in most of these counties none are the majority population.

  6. riano baggy says:

    we hope the mayority can work together with minority in all aspects especially education, social, job employment.

  7. JV says:

    Being American has nothing to do with the color of your skin. We will continue being the greatest country of the world as long as we continue believing in the principles that founded this country, that “All men are created equal” and we have some inalienable rights given by God, right to Life, to Freedom and the Persuit of Happiness. Also if continue believing in Democracy, law, order and Justice for all.

  8. Jason says:

    This country is doomed.

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