2010 Census data showed significant growth of the minority population nationwide. The "minority" population, consisting of U.S. citizens who "reported their race and ethnicity as something other than non-Hispanic or White alone, grew from 86.9 million to 111.9 million between 2000 and 2010."

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Geographically, the distribution of minority growth is most apparent in the West, where half of the region's population consists of minorities. The minority population grew in all 50 states between 2000 and 2010, but Nevada's population grew the fastest in that span of time: 78 percent. California still had the largest minority population in 2010, with 22.3 million people designating their race and ethnicity as something other than non-Hispanic or White. Census data for California, Texas, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, and New Mexico all show that they have a "majority-minority" population.

Using census data, demographic researcher Dustin Cable created the Racial Dot Map. Each dot represents a person on the map and zooming in provides an interesting look at racial segregation at the neighborhood level in some American cities. Read More....

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010

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