People of Color Will Be the New Majority

People of Color Will Be the New Majority

A PolicyLink map shows that by 2042, the nation will be more colorful.

Published May 23, 2011

By 2042, people of color will be the new majority, according to a new interactive map from PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy institute.


The map shows the growth of people of color in America from 1990 to 2040. It is the first installment of a new multimedia series called America’s Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation. The series will highlight America’s old and new demographics and the people who are addressing the change.


One of those pioneers is Geoff Canada, president and chief executive officer for Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York. HCZ serves minority children from birth—with a program called Baby College, a series of workshops for parents of children up to the age of three—to high school. Canada used the map as a centerpiece for a talk he gave in London entitled “How to End Poverty.”


The majority of areas with populations of more than 50 percent people of color are in the Southwest, according to the map.

(Photo: PolicyLink)

Written by Danielle Wright


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