"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, September 5, 2011

Minorities are the Majority

They come from every corner of the world and from every possible
ethnic and religious group.

As they have always done, immigrants come to America from all over the planet earth.  Every possible nationality, ethnic group and religion is represented.

Immigrants have always been welcome here . . . and at the same time, not welcome.  Immigration upsets the normal order of things in all countries.  Often different groups are pitted against each other for limited jobs and housing.

Both legal and illegal, there is a massive immigration happening in the United States right now.  What the U.S. will look like 20 or 40 years is interesting speculation.  We might become a stronger and more energetic country or, to be blunt, just go right into the crapper.

One thing is for sure.  America will never be the same.

Minorities are the Majority . . . in California

In all but eight of California's 26 metropolitan areas, minorities make up more than half the population.

A new study from the Brookings Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C., analyzed the demographic makeup of the nation's 100 largest metro areas and found minorities accounting for almost the entire growth in those areas since 2000:
Non-whites and Hispanics accounted for 98 percent of population growth in large metro areas from 2000 to 2010. Forty-two of the 100 largest metro areas lost white population, and 22 now have "majority minority" populations. Smaller metro areas and areas outside of metropolitan regions, by contrast, remain overwhelmingly white.
Eleven of California's 26 metro areas are among the largest 100 in the nation, and in all except the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville metro area, whites account for less than 50 percent of the population according to California Watch.
Minorities have a hard time in
nations all over the world.

In 2000, minorities made up more than half the population in 14 major metro areas nationwide, and only five in 1990, according to the study.

The study calculated the share of the population represented by white residents from the 1990 Census through the 2010 count. The results for the 11 California metros that are part of the study are in the table below. The map following it shows all 26 California metro areas tracked during the last census. More darkly shaded areas indicate that minorities make up more than 50 percent of the population as of the 2010 Census.

White Population Share
Metro Area2010 Total Population201020001990
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA2,149,12756%64%73%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,31849%57%66%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA3,095,31348%55%65%
Modesto, CA514,45347%57%71%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA4,335,39142%49%59%
Bakersfield, CA839,63139%49%63%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA4,224,85137%47%62%
Stockton, CA685,30636%47%59%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA1,836,91135%44%58%
Fresno, CA930,45033%40%51%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA12,828,83732%36%46%

Minorities are the Majority . . . in a city near you

Washington D.C. is among eight big-city metropolitan regions in which minorities became a majority in the past decade, according to a new analysis of census data showing white population declines in many of the largest metro areas.

Along with Washington, the regions surrounding New York, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis have become majority-minority since 2000. Non-Hispanic whites are a minority in 22 of the country’s 100-biggest urban areas.

But the American tradition is
the great melting pot.

The white population shrank in raw numbers in 42 of those big-city regions. But every large metro area showed a decline in the percentage of whites.

The shifts reflect the aging of the white population as more people get beyond their childbearing years and the relative youth of the Hispanic and Asian populations fueling most of the growth.

“What’s happened is pivotal,” said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution who conducted the analysis. “Large metropolitan areas will be the laboratories for change. The measures they take to help minorities assimilate and become part of the labor force will be studied by other parts of the country that are whiter and have­n’t been touched as much by the change.”  (Washington Post)

Minorities are the new majority

Minorities are the majority in 22 of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan regions. The Washington D.C. area is one of eight newcomers (in bold below) to the list since 2000.

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