State Minority Population Data

Minority groups, or those identifying themselves and non-Hispanic whites, currently account for 38 percent of the U.S. population. These demographic groups already make up a majority of the population in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas and the District of Columbia.

The following table shows state minority population estimates for non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians as a share of the total population. Estimates are current as of July 1, 2014.

SOURCE: Governing calculations of Annual Estimates of the Resident Population, U.S. Census Bureau

The rate at which states are becoming racially and ethnically more diverse varies. As a share of the total population, minority populations have grown in each state since 2010 with the exception of Hawaii. Nevada's minority share of the state population increased 2.7 percentage points over the four-year period, faster than any other state.

The map below shows how the minority share of the state population increased between July 2010 and 2014, with states experiencing the fastest shifts shaded dark green. (Figures shown may not add up due to rounding.)