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.
In all 100 cities, the white share of population declined from Census 2000 to Census 2010
Hispanics now outnumber blacks and represent the largest minority group in major American cities.
Majority = Minorities
Well over half of America’s cities are now majority non-white.
Urban Flight of Minorities
More than half of all minority groups in large metro areas now reside in the suburbs.
During the 2000’s,16 of the 25 cities with the largest black populations registered declines in their black population.
America’s child population is becoming more much diverse, making family-friendly suburbs even more alluring to racial and ethnic minorities.
Statements & Quotations
Substantial racial and ethnic changes in the populations of both cities and suburbs in metropolitan America challenge leaders at all levels to understand and keep pace with the continuing social, economic, and political transformation of these places.
Black-white segregation is now falling gradually but consistently across metropolitan areas, with growing Southern and Western parts of the country registering the lowest levels of segregation.
Still, some suburbs within metropolitan areas remain demographically distinct, particularly the largely white exurban communities that lie mostly at the periphery of growing metro areas.
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