Caucasians Now Minorities in Hundreds of Counties

Caucasians Now Minorities in Hundreds of Counties

( – Caucasians have made up the majority of the population in America since the country was founded. But recent studies show that this may not be the case for much longer. In fact, white people are already a minority in hundreds of counties across the US.

The Numbers

A recent Pew Research study looked at data from the Census Bureau and found that non-whites (blacks, Hispanics, and Asians) are the majority in more than 200 counties. And those numbers are rising.

In 2018, non-Hispanic Caucasians were the minority ethnic group in 293 counties across the country. Most of these counties are located on the east coast, in the south, and in California. However, there were a few scattered throughout the rest of the US as well.

Several big counties across the country may also flip soon, with non-whites becoming the majority. These include Fairfax County, Virginia and Cobb County, Georgia, which both currently have a Caucasian population of less than 52%.

Right now, white people are still the majority group in the US, but not by much. According to data from 2018, Caucasians account for only 60% of the American population overall. In 21 of the 25 most populated American counties, non-whites (when added together) account for more than half of the residents.

In 2000, Caucasians were still the majority in eight of those counties. In all but one of those eight, Hispanics were the largest non-white group as of 2018. The outlier was Wayne County, Michigan, which includes Detroit. Here, African-Americans were the largest non-white group.

Out of the counties where they are no longer the minority, white people were the majority in 109 of them in 2000. Among these, they made up at least 60% of the population in 26 of these counties just two decades ago.

The Outliers

So, did any counties in the US swing the opposite way? Yes, but not many. Only two counties flipped from a minority to a majority of white people between 2000 and 2018. One was Calhoun County, South Carolina and the other was West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.

These numbers highlight an undeniable fact: America is changing and it’s changing fast. White populations are shrinking. Meanwhile, the number of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians continues to grow. Before long, diversity will be the norm rather than the exception in every corner of the US.

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