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[1] 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.

Change of the U.S. Population, by Location and Race and Ethnicity: 1997 and 2017

American Indian or Alaska Native

Asian

Black

Hispanic

White

Source

U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 1997 and 2017

Note:
Table depicts states where each racial and ethnic group experienced the largest percentage point growth in their share of the population.

[1] “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.