Census: Predominantly White Neighborhoods No Longer the Norm

November 7, 2022

Census Photo by Enayet Raheem on Unsplash

The 2020 census has revealed a significant demographic shift in America’s neighborhoods over the past 30 years. For the first time in U.S. history, most white Americans do not live in predominantly white communities.

According to the 1990 census, 78% of white people lived in predominantly white neighborhoods back then, where at least 4 out of every 5 residents were also white. By the 2020 Census, that number had dropped to 44%.

Across 9,700 neighborhoods that had become mixed by 2020, the white population had dropped by almost 300,000. Meanwhile, the number of Hispanics increased by 1.5 million, the largest segment of a 4.3 million-resident rise in non-whites in those communities.

Overall, a majority (56%) of all Americans now live in mixed neighborhoods, double the percentage of those who did in 1990, according to analysis of census data by The Washington Post. This includes 70% of Asian Americans, 57% of Black Americans, 56% of white Americans and 55% of Hispanic Americans.

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