People of color: Nurturing diversity and fostering racial equity are critical to our future prosperity. 

Insights & Analyses

  • While all US states were majority White in 1980, eight states are projected to be majority people of color in 2030 and over 15 states are projected to be majority people of color by 2050. 

  • While populations of color will be predominantly concentrated in counties in Southwestern and Southern states in 2030, several counties in predominantly White states such as South Dakota and Montana are projected to be up to 96 percent people of color due to large Native American populations. 

  • Asian and Pacific Islander populations are projected to remain most concentrated in coastal states like California and New Jersey while Black populations will remain most concentrated in Southern states like Georgia and Florida. Latinx populations will be most concentrated in Southwestern states such as California and Texas.

Drivers of Inequity

The proportion of people of color in the United States has grown dramatically since the 1980s. Increased immigration from regions including Latin America and Asia and interracial marriages and partnerships since the late 20th century, have contributed to this shift. Latinx and Asian populations are currently the fastest-growing populations in the United States. As the growth rate of White populations slows, the United States will likely be majority people of color by 2045.

Strategies

Grow an equitable economy: Policies to leverage diversity as an asset

Strategy in Action

King County Uses an Equity Lens to Guide All Decisions. King County uses an equity lens to guide all decisions. In 2010, King County in the state of 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. The county also launched an Equity and Social Justice office in 2015 that helps implement pro-equity policy, offers King County employees funding for projects that further racial and economic equity, and provides a public reporting platform to help monitor the county’s pro-equity policy changes. Read more.  

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