Majority-Minority alternatively, minority-majority is a term used to describe a U.S. state or other jurisdiction whose racial composition is less than 50% white. ‘White’ in this context almost always includes “Non-Hispanics and Whites”. Racial data are derived from self-identification questions on the census and census bureau estimates. See Race in the United States Census. Four states are majority-minority as of 2009: Hawaii which is the only state that has never had a white majority, New Mexico, California, and Texas.
# The percentage of non-Hispanic white residents has fallen below 60 percent in Maryland, Georgia and Nevada, Arizona, New York, and Mississippi.
# The District of Columbia reached a majority black status during the latter stages of the Great Migration.
# All populated United States territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) are majority-minority areas.
# 7 of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. are majority-nonwhite.
# As of 2008, 10% of U.S. counties are now majority-minority. Another 7% are near the tipping point and will be majority-minority soon.
Criticism of the term
Estimates show that by 2042, the U.S. as a whole will be “majority-minority” due to continued immigration; prompting some to question the use of this term, since all racial groups will then be “minorities” (below 50%) in the national population. The term is seen variously as a politically correct euphemism for “majority-nonwhite” by many whites and as an anachronism by many nonwhites.
Minority-majority state – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (15 October 2009)