Minorities Lead Urban Population Growth

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Growing Hispanic populations are driving demographic changes in the largest U.S. cities, The Brookings Institution reported Wednesday.

Demographer William Frey said census data for the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas shows minorities accounted for 98 percent of population growth in large metro areas from 2000 to 2010. Frey said 42 of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas lost white population and 22 cities now have “majority minority” populations.

The report said 29 of the 100 largest metro areas more than doubled their Hispanic populations, with Mexican-Americans seeing the most population growth.

Chinese-Americans remain the largest Asian minority group in the United States, although Asian-Indians accounted for more growth in 63 of the 100 largest metro areas.

The report said Atlanta, Dallas and Houston saw the largest black population gains. The black population dropped in metropolitan New York, Chicago and Detroit.

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