While Americans who identified themselves as “White alone” decreased as a percent of the population since 2010, Hispanics and other races and race combinations grew.
Some statistics release by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday:
- The White population remained the largest race or ethnicity group in the United States, with 204.3 million people identifying as White alone.
- Overall, 235.4 million people reported White alone or in combination with another group.
- The White alone population decreased by 8.6% since 2010.
- The Two or More Races population (also referred to as the Multiracial population) has changed considerably since 2010.
- The Multiracial population was 9 million people in 2010 and is now 33.8 million people in 2020, a 276% increase.
- The “in combination” multiracial populations for all race groups accounted for most of the overall changes in each racial category.
- All of the race alone or in combination groups experienced increases.
- The Some Other Race alone or in combination group (49.9 million) increased 129%, surpassing the Black or African American population (46.9 million) as the second-largest race alone or in combination group.
- The next largest racial populations were the Asian alone or in combination group (24 million).
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination group was 9.7 million, and the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination group was 1.6 million.
- The Hispanic or Latino population, which includes people of any race, was 62.1 million in 2020. The Hispanic or Latino population grew 23%, while the population that was not of Hispanic or Latino origin grew 4.3% since 2010.
“It is important to note that these data comparisons between the 2020 Census and 2010 Census race data should be made with caution, taking into account the improvements we have made to the Hispanic origin and race questions and the ways we code what people tell us,” the Census Bureau said.
Alaskans identifying as White alone are now at 59.4%, compared with 66.7% in the 2010 Census.
Alaska is the 12th most diverse state in the country, at 62.8 percent on the governments complicated “diversity index.” The index measures the probability that two people chosen at random will be from different race and ethnicity groups.
Maine is the least diverse state, at 18.5 percent on the diversity index.
California is now an Hispanic-majority state, as more than 39 percent of Californians identified as Hispanic or Latino White-not-Hispanic makes up 35 percent of the 40 million Californians.
Hawaii is the most diverse state, followed by California.
Phoenix, Arizona’s population grew from 1.4 million people in 2010 to 1.6 million in 2020, a rate of 11.2 percent, according to the Census Bureau; it is the fastest rate of growth among America’s largest cities, making Phoenix now the fifth-largest city int he U.S., surpassing Philadelphia in that slot.
The Villages, Florida, a master planned community, was the fastest-growing “metropolitan area” over the last decade, according to the Census Bureau. It went from 93,000 residents in 2010 to about 130,000 since 2010.