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Hispanics Outnumber African-Americas In Most U.S. Cities

According to census reports released on Thursday, Hispanics are now outnumbering Blacks for the first time in most United States metropolitan cities.

The census numbers taken from 2010 statistics show a large growth in diversity in the country’s 366 metro areas, which make up 83.7 percent of the U.S. population. The 2010 census numbers are already effecting redistricting in numerous states, where racial demographics and population sizes are forcing district bounders to be redrawn.

Last year Hispanics became the largest minority group in 191 metropolitan areas, as a result of the Latino population spreading to new areas of the country, and Blacks leaving many Northern cities hit hard by the struggling economy for cities in the South.

Cities such as Chicago, IL, Grand Rapids, MI, Atlantic City, NJ, Lakeland, FL, Madison, WS, Oklahoma City, OK and Omaha, NE, saw a large increase in Hispanics compared to Blacks over the last year, while cities like New York, Detroit, Cleveland, and St. Louis, MO, saw a decrease in Black population.

The Census Bureau also reported that overall the Latino population increased 42.7 percent in the last ten years to a population of 50.5 million.

These statistics figure to not only have a social effect, but are important in a political aspect, as politicians will need to target the growing Hispanic demographic as a major minority group over the Black community.

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