March 28, 2011

Hawaii, New Mexico are most diverse

The Census Bureau has begun releasing data from the 2010 Census. Except for Hawaii, New Mexico is now the most multiethnic and multicultural state, largely because of its Indian population.

Diversity sets NM apart

By Alysa LandryNew Mexico is the most racially diverse state in the continental United States, according to Census Bureau figures.

The state's population grew 13.2 percent since the 2000 census, with the number of residents topping 2 million. American Indians make up 9.4 percent of the population and Hispanics make up 46.3 percent, which means that only four of 10 New Mexico residents are non-Hispanic Anglos.

New Mexico was the first of the lower 48 states to reach minority-majority status, said Mark Mather, a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington-based nonprofit that tracks international demographics.
And:The numbers are even more striking in terms of all racial/ethnic minorities in the state, Mather said. In the 2010 census, nearly three-fourths of people in New Mexico claimed they were minorities, more than any state except Hawaii.

How is that possible?

The Census Bureau 10 years ago changed the way questions were asked on census surveys. That census was the first that allowed people to mark more than one race.

"We saw a huge portion of people who were American Indian, but some combination of American Indian and another race," he said. "There is a huge increase in minority populations when you factor in those combinations."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see 2010 Election Doesn't Matter and Hispanics Have Native Roots.

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