Posted on April 16, 2015

Census Data: 78 Counties Shifted to Majority-Minority Since 2000

Curtis Tate, McClatchyDC, April 10, 2015

From the nation’s capital to South Florida to southern California, 78 counties across the country lost their white majority from 2000 to 2013, census data show.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of the data, the counties are concentrated on the East Coast, the Southeast and in California, while relatively few are in the country’s middle sections.

A total of 266 majority-minority counties with at least 10,000 residents account for 31 percent of the U.S. population, according to Pew.

Minorities are now the majority in 19 of the 25 most populous counties in the country, according to Pew. Those now include Clark County, Nev., which surrounds Las Vegas; Broward County, Fla., which is Florida’s second-largest; and Sacramento County, Calif., home to the state’s capital.

Some of the shifts have been dramatic: Broward, which includes Fort Lauderdale, went from 58 percent white to 40 percent white. Mecklenberg County, which includes North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, went from 61 percent white to 49 percent white. Sacramento County dropped from 58 percent white to 47 percent white.


Montgomery and Charles County, Md., and Prince William County, Va., are densely populated parts of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and they’re now majority-minority.