The New Race-Ethnic Dispersion of America’s Population: Trends Since 2000

An analysis of Census Bureau population estimates detailing the distribution of racial and ethnic groups within and across metropolitan areas since Census 2000 reveals the following: Hispanic and Asian populations are spreading out from their traditional metropolitan centers, while blacks’ shift towards the South is accelerating; the fastest growing metro areas for each  minority group in 2000–2004 are no longer unique, but closely parallel the fastest growing areas in the nation; Of the nation’s 361 metropolitan areas, 111 registered declines in white population from 2000 to 2004, with the largest absolute losses occurring in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles; and a strong multi-minority presence characterizes 18 large “melting pot” metro areas, and 27 large metro areas now have “majority minority” child populations.

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About the Author
William H. Frey is a demographer known for his expertise on U.S. demographics, migration and urban and regional change. Frey is a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a research professor at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and a contributing editor to American Demographics magazine.