August 4, 2006


Study: Diversity rises in suburbs (Haya El Nasser, 8/03/06, USA TODAY)

"Suburbs and especially fast-growing outer suburbs are not just attracting whites anymore," says William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution, a think tank. "All minority groups are coming. They're a magnet for blacks as well as Hispanics and Asians."

The changes are dramatic in the South. About 74% of the growth in the U.S. black population happened there from 2000 to 2005. The region also generated about 71% of the national growth in whites, 42% of the Hispanic growth and 27% of the Asian growth. [...]

Most suburban growth across the USA was buoyed significantly by Hispanics and Asians.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2006 8:54 AM

Most growth in the suburbs, especially outer suburbs? Looks like people like cars, Mr. Judd. ;)

Posted by: John Thacker at August 4, 2006 9:07 AM

And unlike the anti-anti-illegal immigrationists, suburbanites understand the difference between the people who join them legally (at great expense, in both time and money) and become Americans, and those who shove their way into this country and then demand that this country conform to their language and politics and give them privileges and priorities over everyone else.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 4, 2006 9:58 AM

They're illegals too or were.

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2006 10:23 AM

Mr. Ortega, why does becoming a legal immigrant cost any money? why does it take more than a day's time? Paying bribes(no matter how indirect) is a felony, lack of papers is just a mis.. I know which one I prefer.......

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at August 4, 2006 10:41 AM

My experience in the suburbs of a alrgfe Northeastern city refutes the notion that the suburbs are a haven for "racists" or "know-nothings" or anyone of that nature.

Our town, just across the border from the city is a true American melting pot: whites, blacks, all kinds of Latinos, all kinds of Asians, Jews, all kinds of Christians, Bhuddists--you name it, we've got it.

Now a lot of us, including Y.O.S., left the city to get away from the G.S.C.'s [grungy street critters]. No surprise here--that's the same reason our black neighbors moved here. All of this contradicts the truly racist concept of a white, native versus non-white, non-native dichotomy.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 4, 2006 1:34 PM

Lou, it's the same here in a small, largely rural county in Central Florida and it was true in a small college town in Vermont. It's also true in suburban Connecticut bedroom towns and towns further from the Metropolitan area. Long Island suburbs and exurbs, ditto.

People are dividing along economic and ideological lines rather than racial or religious ones. I think that's a wonderful sign that people are thinking for themselves and not just following the old parameters and prejudices.

Posted by: erp at August 5, 2006 9:22 AM