More U.S. Counties Turn Majority Hispanic, Black

November 22, 2019

Community demographics nationwide are changing: In a growing number of counties, a majority of residents are Hispanic or African American, a new analysis from the Pew Research Center shows.

In 2018, about 151 U.S. counties saw Hispanics, blacks, or American Indian and Alaska Natives make up the majority of their populations—an increase from 110 counties in 2000, Census data shows. Of the 41 counties that joined the list in 2018, the majority of residents are Hispanic or black. Still, non-Hispanic white Americans account for 60% of the U.S. population.

The number of U.S. counties that have turned majority Hispanic has doubled, jumping from 34 to 69 from 2000 to 2018, the research shows. Latino populations grew at a faster rate than other racial or ethnic groups during the 2000s. Researchers say the population has seen high birth rates and immigration from Latin America.

Census chart of U.S. demographics