People of color
The share of the population that does not identify as non-Hispanic white. Data are not reported in areas where the population is less than 100. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Percent people of color:
Why it matters
The United States is undergoing a dramatic demographic transformation in which people of color are becoming the majority by 2044. As people of color continue to grow as a share of the workforce and population, their social and economic well-being will determine the country’s future success and prosperity.
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
King County Uses an Equity Lens to Guide All Decisions
In 2010, King County in Washington adopted an ordinance to use the principles of “fair and just” to guide every aspect of work across all departments and activities, from community engagement and planning to budgeting, staffing, and day-to-day operations. An Equity Impact Review Tool helps staff answer these questions: What is the impact on equity? Who is affected? How can we do better? Staff use this tool to understand the racial and economic impacts of their programs, and orient their activities to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. Read more.