Melting Pot Cities and Suburbs

Racial and Ethnic Change in Metro America in the 2000s

By Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings

May 1, 2011

Summary

The historically sharp racial and ethnic division between cities and suburbs are more blurred than ever. As minorities become the majority in many cities and many suburbs grow in diversity, government leaders are trying to keep up with the challenge of change. This report examines these “melting pot” trends through the lens of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, based on results from the 2010 Census.

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Key Takeaway

Key Demographic Information

In 1990 blacks were the largest minority group in 68 of the 100 largest primary cities. Today, Hispanics are the largest minority group in 41 cities, and Asians in five cities. The white share of population increased in only six of the 50 largest cities.

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