Stirring up the melting pot
from The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. is rapidly becoming more diverse as the nation's minorities — driven largely by a surge in the Hispanic and Asian populations — move beyond traditional "gateway" cities into smaller cities and towns. A new study shows that of the roughly 15,000 places in the country — defined as cities, towns, suburbs or rural areas that govern their own fiscal affairs — some 82.6 percent were majority white in 2010, down from 93.4 percent in 1980. Places where whites made up at least 90 percent of the population fell even more sharply, to 36 percent in 2010 from 65.8 percent in 1980.
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