Contribution to growth: People of color
The net change in population by race/ethnicity and the share of the net change in population attributable to people of color (all people who do not identify as non-Hispanic white). Shares of net change are restricted to range between 0 and 100 percent, and counties in grey are those with a net decline in both people of color and non-Hispanic whites. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Change in population by race:
Which groups are driving growth?
Why it matters
Over the next 30 years, all of the nation's net population growth will come from communities of color. Even in regions with low levels of diversity, people of color will be the major driver of growth—and in many cases, will prevent population decline.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to leverage diversity as an asset
- Foster racial inclusion in governance
- Build multiracial alliances, coalitions, and movements to advance policy change
- Dismantle barriers and build pathways to economic opportunity for boys and men of color
- Include immigrants by ensuring access to health care, driver’s licenses, and municipal ID cards regardless of immigration status; increasing language access; facilitating naturalization; limiting the participation of local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and extending voting rights
- Strengthen democracy by increasing participation of marginalized groups, expanding voting rights (and preventing rollback), and building leadership development pipelines
Bay Area Program Trains Next Generation of Leaders
Since 2010, Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute has been training leaders from underrepresented San Francisco Bay Area communities to serve on decision-making bodies. The Institute empowers residents to become leaders on the issues that have the most direct impact on their neighborhoods: transportation, housing, jobs, and more. Graduates have won 35 seats on priority boards and commissions, including planning commissions, housing authorities, and rent boards. The program is being replicated in the Twin Cities, Sacramento, and elsewhere. Learn more.