Caucasians Now Minorities in Hundreds of Counties

Whites Now Minorities in Hundreds of Counties
  • Caucasians no longer make up a significant majority of the country.
  • In fact, just 60% of the population now self-identifies as white.
  • Diversity in race is quickly changing across the United States.
  • More people belong to minority groups than ever before.

A new study reveals that the US is more diverse than ever before. The Pew Research Center has just found that, while whites are still the largest ethinc group in America (accounting for 60% of the population), they’re losing their majority representation across the country.

The Pew survey looked at counties with a minimum population of 10,000, which accounts for about 70% of US counties and 99% of the population. Their study found that 293 out of 3,142 counties in the country were majority non-white in 2018. That’s up from 184 in 2000 — this trend is accelerating.

Among the counties where the majority became non-white, 26 of them had been at least 60% white in 2000. This tells us that the pace of demographic change is high in many areas. Meanwhile, only two counties where whites had been a minority flipped to majority white: Calhoun County, SC and West Feliciana County, LA.

Pew Research also found that, of the 25 most populous counties, non-whites are already a majority in 21 of them. The largest non-white group in 20 counties is Hispanics; the exception was Wayne County, which includes Detroit. African-Americans are the largest ethnic group there.

Several other large counties, including ones located in Virginia, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia, are less than 62% white and are likely to become majority non-white in the next few years. The US has always been a melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups, and this trend is only increasing with time.

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