Where Populations Are Growing
While the U.S. population has become more diverse over time, some states have experienced greater demographic change than others. Comparing the distribution of racial and ethnic groups in each state and the District of Columbia between 1997 and 2017 shows where each racial and ethnic group has experienced the largest change. Figure depicts locations where each racial and ethnic group experienced the largest percentage point growth in their share of the population.
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
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U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 1997 and 2017
Table depicts states where each racial and ethnic group experienced the largest percentage point growth in their share of the population.
 “Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander” and “more than one race” were not official classifications until 2003. As a result, a 20-year comparison is not possible.