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.”
CURRENT US RACIAL MIX
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.
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.