Race and Ethnicity of the U.S. Population

As the U.S. population increased, the nation became more racially and ethnically diverse. Overall, the Hispanic or Latino population increased the most in their total share of the overall population, which grew from 13.3 percent in 2002 to 19.1 percent in 2022. Although the White population continued to represent the largest racial and ethnic group in the U.S., their share of the overall population decreased from 69.1 percent in 2002 to 59.2 percent in 2022.

The U.S. Population Across Race and Ethnicity: 2002 to 2022


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2002-2022

In 2002, the only reported racial demographic categories were Hispanic, White, Black, American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut, and Asian or Pacific Islander.