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U.S. Population More Racially, Ethnically Diverse Than Ever, Census Finds

  • 33.8% of Americans identify as more than one race in Census
  • Data will shape redistricting, trillions in government funding
Photographer: David 'Dee' Delgado/Bloomberg

The number of people of color in the U.S. is growing, pointing toward a future in which the country is majority non-White.

Redistricting data from the 2020 U.S. Census showed the nation is more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. The number of people who identify as more than one race increased 276%, reaching 33.8 million in 2020 from 9 million in 2010. The White population, while still a majority, decreased 8.6%. The Latino population -- which the Census asks about separately from race -- grew 23%. The Asian population grew 35.5%, and the African American population grew 5.6%.