109 US Counties Have Become Majority Non-White Since 2000, Analysis Finds

by Jason Hopkins


Over 100 U.S. counties have become majority non-white in the past two decades, an analysis found and revealed rapid demographic changes taking place.

From 2000 to 2018, 109 counties in 22 different states have shifted from majority white to majority non-white, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released Wednesday. Pew used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and examined all counties with a minimum population of 10,000 in 2018, which account for 99% of the country’s population.

The number of non-white counties in 2018 grew to 293 — these are counties where the non-Hispanic white population has fallen below 50%. Most non-white counties are situated in California, the East Coast and the South, with only a few within the interior of the U.S. Non-white majorities are concentrated in the country’s most densely populated counties, making up 21 of the 25 highest populated counties.

Pew noted several majority white counties that are likely to flip in the near future. Pima County, Arizona; Fairfax County, Virginia; Milwaukee County, Wisconsin; and Cobb County, Georgia, all carried significant populations that were below 52% white in 2018.

Pew attributed the demographic changes to rising Hispanic, black and Asian populations, while in many regions the white populations had flattened or declined. Many counties in California saw significant Hispanic population growth, while the South witnessed rising black populations — many of them relocating to cities like Atlanta from other parts of the country.

Of the 109 counties that flipped from majority white to majority non-white, 26 counties were at least 60% white in 2000, indicating significant demographic shifts in the 18 years the study covered. Georgia stood out as one of the states with the most wild shifts. Rockdale County, Georgia, for example, experienced the largest swing — its 67% white population in 2000 plummeted to 36% by 2018.

Two counties shifted from minority white to majority white between 2000 and 2018: West Feliciana Parish in Louisiana and Calhoun County in South Carolina.

“As the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity grows, whites remain the single largest racial or ethnic group in the U.S. when looking at the country as a whole, accounting for 60% of all Americans,” Pew noted. “The future racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. has been a subject of debate, due in part to the growing number of Americans with varied backgrounds — and how these Americans identify themselves.”

The share of the country’s white population has been declining for years. Most studies predict the entire U.S. will become majority non-white by 2045. Non-white people make up a majority of four states: California, Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii. The country’s entire under-18 population will become majority non-white by 2020, according to a demographer with the Brookings Institution.

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Jason Hopkins is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. 




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  1. M. Flatt

    Not buying it. Nope.
    According to the census held in 2010, the percentage of Americans that self-identified as “White, Non-Hispanic” was 72.4%. while “Black” and “Hispanic” both were roughly 12.4%, EACH.
    “Experts” have been sounding the alarm about “whites becoming a minority” since the beginning of the 20th century, and possibly before that. I have discovered one of the main reasons it hasn’t happened yet is “The right of a woman to have an abortion” is exercised quite a bit by “black” women. Another reason may be the alarming number of ‘boys searching for their manhood down the barrel of a gun.” By the way, most of the “mixed race” kids are being born to “white” mothers. The hand the rocks the cradle is the one that shapes the identity (and rules the world).

    The conclusion made regarding Georgia is pretty much true most places. The shifts in demographics is mostly due to migration. We have a tendency to settle down near people like ourselves, which is why so many “community schools” end up looking like the segregated schools of the early 20th century. The communities around those schools are self-segregated. There was the concept of “White Flight” suggested in the 1970’s, a trend of white folks moving out of the cities into the suburbs and bedroom communities outside the central county. That option is also available, and often used by, Middle Class blacks, who typically don’t act like the victimized blacks of the “inner city”.

    This is the reason we need to keep the Electoral College. We don’t need the country to be run by the mob tactics that are used to shove around leaders in the cities.