Non-Hispanic whites

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Non-Hispanic whites
White, not Hispanic or Latino
Total population
195,483,640 (2012 ACS)
62.1% of the United States population
Regions with significant populations
Throughout the United States
Predominantly American English with local minorities who speak American French (Louisiana, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire), Pennsylvania German language (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana), and immigrant languages (esp. Russian, Arabic, Italian, Polish, and Greek[1])
Mostly Christianity; minorities practice Judaism, and other faiths or are nonreligious
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Non-Hispanic whites
White, not Hispanic or Latino
Total population
195,483,640 (2012 ACS)
62.1% of the United States population
Regions with significant populations
Throughout the United States
Predominantly American English with local minorities who speak American French (Louisiana, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire), Pennsylvania German language (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana), and immigrant languages (esp. Russian, Arabic, Italian, Polish, and Greek[1])
Mostly Christianity; minorities practice Judaism, and other faiths or are nonreligious

Non-Hispanic whites or white, not Hispanic or Latino are people in the United States, as defined by the Census Bureau, who are of the white race and are not of Hispanic or Latino origin/ethnicity.[2][3] Hence the designation is exclusive in the sense that it defines who is not included as opposed to who is. Non-Hispanic whites are a subset of white Americans, the other being white Hispanic and Latino Americans. In one study of self-identified European Americans,[4] more than half had less than 95% European ancestry and in another study, thirty per cent of non-Hispanic European Americans, on average, had some form of sub-Saharan African ancestry.[5]

Although generally all nations in Europe have contributed to the Non-Hispanic white population through emigration to Northern America in the last few centuries, the vast majority of Non-Hispanic whites trace their origins to Northwestern Europe while the other major source originates in Southern Italy, with German, Irish, and English background being most common. Persons of Portuguese descent are also considered Non-Hispanic whites, although the census is considering changing this status officially. [2]

In the U.S., this population was first derived from British and French colonization, as well as settlement by other Europeans, such as the Germans and Dutch that began in the 17th century (see History of the United States). Continued growth since the early 1800s is attributed to sustained very high birth rates alongside relatively low death rates among settlers and natives alike as well as periodically massive immigration from European countries, especially Germany, Ireland, England, Italy, Sweden, and Norway, as well as Poland, Russia, and many more countries. In 2011, for the first time in U.S. history, Non-Hispanic whites accounted for under half of the births in U.S. - with 49.6 percent of total births.[6] At 197.2 million in 2012, Non-Hispanic whites compose 62.8% of the total population of United States.[6][7]


The Non-Hispanic white population in the United States has been declining since 1940s as a percentage of the total US population due to a number of factors:

1. Lower birth rates. Non-Hispanic whites are having fewer children relative to other groups. Preliminary 2012 data show that non-Hispanic whites have a total fertility rate of 1.76 children per woman, compared to 1.90 for non-Hispanic blacks, 2.19 for Hispanics, and 1.77 for Asians.[8] Since 1990, rates for other races have been falling while the non-Hispanic white rate has been more or less stable, but the two largest groups, Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks, remain higher.[9] Since 1997, Asian fertility has been lower than that of non-Hispanic whites except during a Year of the Dragon (2000 and 2012), but the Asian population structure has relatively more women of childbearing age and fewer elderly than the white population does, leading to Asians having a higher crude birth rate and lower crude death rate than whites.

2. Immigration. The USA takes more immigrants than the rest of the world combined with the vast majority coming from countries where the population is of non-white and/or Hispanic origin. Immigration to the USA from European countries has been in a steady decline since WWII averaging 56% of all immigrants in the 50s and declining to 35% of all immigrants in the 60s, 20% in the 70s, 11% in the 80s, 14% in the 90s, and 13% in the 00s. In 2009, approximately 90% of all immigrants came from non-European countries.[10] The U.S. does get a small number of non-Hispanic white immigrants, mainly from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Poland, Russia, and the U.K., as well as Egypt and Iran, as Middle Easterners are also counted as "non-Hispanic white" by the government.[11]

3. Intermarriage. The USA is seeing an unprecedented increase in intermarriage between the various racial and ethnic groups. In 2008, a record 14.6% of all new marriages in the United States were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another. 9% of non-Hispanic whites who married in 2008 married either a non-white or Hispanic. Among all newlyweds in 2008, intermarried pairings were primarily white-Hispanic of any race (41%) as compared to white-Asian (15%), white-black (11%), and other combinations (33%). Other combinations consists of pairings between different minority groups, multi-racial people, and American Indians.[12] The children of such unions would not generally be classified as white Non-Hispanic (although note that one self-identifies their racial and/or ethnic category).

4. Methodology. In the 2000 Census, people were allowed to check more than one race in addition to choosing "Hispanic." There was strong opposition to this from some civil rights activists who feared that this would reduce the size of various racial minorities. The government responded by counting those who are white and of one minority race or ethnicity as minorities for the purposes of civil-rights monitoring and enforcement. Hence one could be 1/8th Hispanic or 1/8th black and still be counted as a minority.[13]

5. Attrition. Minority populations are younger than non-Hispanic whites. The national median age in 2011 was 37.3 with non-Hispanic whites having the oldest median age (42.3) while Hispanics have the youngest (27.6). Non-Hispanic blacks (32.9) and non-Hispanic Asians (35.9) also are younger than whites.[14] In 2013, the Census Bureau reported that for the first time, due to the more advanced age profile of the non-Hispanic white population, non-Hispanic whites died at a faster rate than non-Hispanic white births.[15]

Although non-Hispanic whites are declining as a percentage, in actual numbers they have still been growing. From 2000 - 2010 the non-Hispanic white population grew from 194,552,774 to 196,817,552 - A growth of 1.2% over the 10-year period, due to residual population momentum.[16]

Population by state or territory[edit]

White Non-Hispanic population by state or territory (1990–2012)[7][17]
State/TerritoryPop 1990% pop
Pop 2000% pop
Pop 2010% pop
Pop 2012% pop
% growth
% pop
Alabama Alabama2,960,16773.3%3,125,81970.3%3,204,40267.0%3,212,46866.6%+2.8%-6.7%
Alaska Alaska406,72273.9%423,78867.6%455,32064.1%460,45363.0%+8.7%-10.9%
Arizona Arizona2,626,18571.7%3,274,25863.8%3,695,64757.8%3,730,37056.9%+13.9%-14.8%
Arkansas Arkansas1,933,08282.2%2,100,13578.6%2,173,46974.5%2,179,16873.9%+3.8%-8.3%
California California17,029,12657.2%15,816,79046.7%14,956,25340.1%14,904,05539.2%-5.8%-18.0%
Colorado Colorado2,658,94580.7%3,202,88074.5%3,520,79370.0%3,599,83869.4%+12.4%-11.3%
Connecticut Connecticut2,754,18483.8%2,638,84577.5%2,546,26271.2%2,512,77370.0%-4.8%-13.8%
Delaware Delaware528,09279.3%567,97372.5%586,75265.3%589,64264.3%+3.8%-15.0%
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia166,13127.4%159,17827.8%209,46434.8%222,97535.3%+40.1%+7.9%
Florida Florida9,475,32673.2%10,458,50965.4%10,884,72257.9%10,966,71156.8%+4.9%-16.4%
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia4,543,42570.1%5,128,66162.6%5,413,92055.9%5,460,41655.0%+6.5%-15.1%
Hawaii Hawaii347,64431.4%277,09122.9%309,34322.7%317,03222.8%+14.4%-8.6%
Idaho Idaho928,66192.2%1,139,29188.0%1,316,24384.0%1,330,94283.4%+16.8%-8.8%
Illinois Illinois8,550,20874.8%8,424,14067.8%8,167,75363.7%8,093,68762.9%-3.9%-11.9%
Indiana Indiana4,965,24289.6%5,219,37385.8%5,286,45381.5%5,289,24980.9%+1.3%-8.7%
Iowa Iowa2,663,84095.9%2,710,34492.6%2,701,12388.7%2,705,70488.0%-0.2%-7.9%
Kansas Kansas2,190,52488.4%2,233,99783.1%2,230,53978.2%2,234,82677.4%0.0%-11.0%
Kentucky Kentucky3,378,02291.7%3,608,01389.3%3,745,65586.3%3,760,30285.8%+4.2%-5.9%
Louisiana Louisiana2,776,02265.8%2,794,39162.5%2,734,88460.3%2,748,74859.7%-1.6%-6.1%
Maine Maine1,203,35798.0%1,230,29796.5%1,254,29794.4%1,250,68894.1%+1.7%-3.9%
Maryland Maryland3,326,10969.6%3,286,54762.1%3,157,95854.7%3,166,26353.8%-3.7%-15.8%
Massachusetts Massachusetts5,280,29287.8%5,198,35981.9%4,984,80076.1%5,003,79875.3%-3.7%-12.6%
Michigan Michigan7,649,95182.3%7,806,69178.6%7,569,93976.6%7,523,64776.1%-3.6%-6.2%
Minnesota Minnesota4,101,26693.7%4,337,14388.2%4,405,14283.1%4,424,94482.3%+2.0%-11.4%
Mississippi Mississippi1,624,19863.1%1,727,90860.7%1,722,28758.0%1,717,21457.5%-0.6%-5.6%
Missouri Missouri4,448,46586.9%4,686,47483.8%4,850,74881.0%4,848,75880.5%+3.5%-6.4%
Montana Montana733,87891.8%807,82389.5%868,62887.8%876,78287.2%+8.5%-4.6%
Nebraska Nebraska1,460,09592.5%1,494,49487.3%1,499,75382.1%1,509,06681.3%+1.0%-11.2%
Nevada Nevada946,35778.7%1,303,00165.2%1,462,08154.1%1,455,20052.7%+11.7%-26.0%
New Hampshire New Hampshire1,079,48497.3%1,175,25295.1%1,215,05092.3%1,212,38991.8%+3.2%-5.5%
New Jersey New Jersey5,718,96674.0%5,557,20966.0%5,214,87859.3%5,134,99457.9%-7.6%-16.1%
New Mexico New Mexico764,16450.4%813,49544.7%833,81040.5%827,06639.7%+1.7%-10.7%
New York New York12,460,18969.3%11,760,98162.0%11,304,24758.3%11,227,53457.4%-4.5%-11.9%
North Carolina North Carolina4,971,12775.0%5,647,15570.2%6,223,99565.3%6,292,53364.5%+11.4%-10.5%
North Dakota North Dakota601,59294.2%589,14991.7%598,00788.9%616,19488.1%+4.6%-6.1%
Ohio Ohio9,444,62287.1%9,538,11184.0%9,359,26381.1%9,309,29180.6%-2.4%-6.5%
Oklahoma Oklahoma2,547,58881.0%2,556,36874.1%2,575,38168.7%2,585,77967.8%+1.2%-13.2%
Oregon Oregon2,579,73290.8%2,857,61683.5%3,005,84878.5%3,026,64977.6%+5.9%-13.2%
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania10,422,05887.7%10,322,45584.1%10,094,65279.5%10,035,95378.6%-2.8%-9.1%
Rhode Island Rhode Island896,10989.3%858,43381.9%803,68576.4%791,56075.4%-7.8%-13.9%
South Carolina South Carolina2,390,05668.5%2,652,29166.1%2,962,74064.1%3,016,84363.9%+13.7%-4.6%
South Dakota South Dakota634,78891.2%664,58588.0%689,50284.7%698,50483.8%+5.1%-7.4%
Tennessee Tennessee4,027,63182.6%4,505,93079.2%4,800,78275.6%4,840,88675.0%+7.4%-7.6%
Texas Texas10,291,68060.6%10,933,31352.4%11,397,34545.3%11,554,52844.3%+5.7%-16.3%
Utah Utah1,571,25491.2%1,904,26585.3%2,221,71980.4%2,278,90479.8%+19.7%-11.4%
Vermont Vermont552,18498.1%585,43196.2%590,22394.3%588,13894.0%+0.5%-4.3%
Virginia Virginia4,701,65076.0%4,965,63770.2%5,186,45064.8%5,234,50263.9%+5.4%-12.1%
Washington (state) Washington4,221,62286.7%4,652,49078.9%4,876,80472.5%4,927,04271.4%+5.9%-15.3%
West Virginia West Virginia1,718,89695.8%1,709,96694.6%1,726,25693.2%1,721,90192.8%+0.7%-3.0%
Wisconsin Wisconsin4,464,67791.3%4,681,63087.3%4,738,41183.3%4,738,84282.8%+1.2%-8.5%
Wyoming Wyoming412,71191.0%438,79988.9%483,87485.9%487,67284.6%+11.1%-6.4%
American Samoa American Samoa6821.2%6111.1%-10.4%
Guam Guam10,6666.9%11,0016.9%+3.1%
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands1,2741.8%9161.7%-28.1%
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico33,9660.9%26,9460.7%23,5420.6%-30.7%
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands8,5807.9%3,8303.6%-55.3%
United States United States of America188,128,29675.6%194,552,77469.1%196,817,55263.7%197,243,42362.8%+1.4%–11.9%

In 2012, in 37 out of the 50 U.S. states non-Hispanic whites made up a greater percentage of the state's population than the U.S. overall share of 62.8%; however, the 13 states with greater shares of non-whites include the four most populous states (California, Texas, New York, and Florida). Also, note that while the total non-Hispanic white population has grown since 2000 in 36 out of the 50 states, the relative share of non-Hispanic whites in the overall state population has declined in all 50 states during that same time period.

As of 2012, four states are majority-minority: Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Historical population by state or territory[edit]

Non-Mexican white (1910-1930) and Non-Hispanic white % of population (1940-2010) by U.S. State[18][19][20]
Alabama Alabama65.3%73.3%73.3%73.3%70.3%67.0%
Alaska Alaska48.3%77.2%75.8%73.9%67.6%64.1%
Arizona Arizona65.1%74.3%74.5%71.7%63.8%57.8%
Arkansas Arkansas75.2%81.0%82.2%82.2%78.6%74.5%
California California89.5%76.3%66.6%57.2%46.7%40.1%
Colorado Colorado90.3%84.6%82.7%80.7%74.5%70.0%
Connecticut Connecticut97.9%91.4%88.0%83.8%77.5%71.2%
Delaware Delaware86.4%84.1%81.3%79.3%72.5%65.3%
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia71.4%26.5%25.7%27.4%27.8%34.8%
Florida Florida71.5%77.9%76.7%73.2%65.4%57.9%
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia65.2%73.4%71.6%70.1%62.6%55.9%
Hawaii Hawaii31.5%38.0%31.1%31.4%22.9%22.7%
Idaho Idaho98.4%95.9%93.9%92.2%88.0%84.0%
Illinois Illinois94.7%83.5%78.0%74.8%67.8%63.7%
Indiana Indiana96.3%91.7%90.2%89.6%85.8%81.5%
Iowa Iowa99.2%98.0%96.9%95.9%92.6%88.7%
Kansas Kansas95.6%92.7%90.5%88.4%83.1%78.2%
Kentucky Kentucky92.5%92.4%91.7%91.7%89.3%86.3%
Louisiana Louisiana63.7%68.2%67.6%65.8%62.5%60.3%
Maine Maine99.7%99.1%98.3%98.0%96.5%94.4%
Maryland Maryland83.3%80.4%73.9%69.6%62.1%54.7%
Massachusetts Massachusetts98.6%95.4%92.3%87.8%81.9%76.1%
Michigan Michigan95.7%87.1%84.1%82.3%78.6%76.6%
Minnesota Minnesota99.0%97.7%96.1%93.7%88.2%83.1%
Mississippi Mississippi50.6%62.6%63.6%63.1%60.7%58.0%
Missouri Missouri93.4%88.6%87.7%86.9%83.8%81.0%
Montana Montana96.2%94.7%93.4%91.8%89.5%87.8%
Nebraska Nebraska98.2%95.2%94.0%92.5%87.3%82.1%
Nevada Nevada91.6%86.7%83.2%78.7%65.2%54.1%
New Hampshire New Hampshire99.9%99.1%98.4%97.3%95.1%92.3%
New Jersey New Jersey94.3%84.7%79.1%74.0%66.0%59.3%
New Mexico New Mexico50.9%53.8%52.6%50.4%44.7%40.5%
New York New York94.6%80.1%75.0%69.3%62.0%58.3%
North Carolina North Carolina71.9%76.5%75.3%75.0%70.2%65.3%
North Dakota North Dakota98.3%96.9%95.5%94.2%91.7%88.9%
Ohio Ohio95.0%89.8%88.2%87.1%84.0%81.1%
Oklahoma Oklahoma89.9%88.1%85.0%81.0%74.1%68.7%
Oregon Oregon98.6%95.8%93.3%90.8%83.5%78.5%
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania95.1%90.3%89.1%87.7%84.1%79.5%
Rhode Island Rhode Island98.3%96.1%93.4%89.3%81.9%76.4%
South Carolina South Carolina57.1%69.0%68.3%68.5%66.1%64.1%
South Dakota South Dakota96.2%94.6%92.3%91.2%88.0%84.7%
Tennessee Tennessee82.5%83.7%83.1%82.6%79.2%75.6%
Texas Texas74.1%69.6%65.7%60.6%52.4%45.3%
Utah Utah98.2%93.6%92.4%91.2%85.3%80.4%
Vermont Vermont99.7%99.2%98.5%98.1%96.2%94.3%
Virginia Virginia75.3%80.1%78.2%76.0%70.2%64.8%
Washington (state) Washington97.7%93.6%90.2%86.7%78.9%72.5%
West Virginia West Virginia93.7%95.7%95.6%95.8%94.6%93.2%
Wisconsin Wisconsin99.2%95.6%93.6%91.3%87.3%83.3%
Wyoming Wyoming95.9%92.1%92.0%91.0%88.9%85.9%
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico0.9%0.7%


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