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This is how racial diversity in Houston compares to other U.S. cities

This is how racial diversity in Houston compares to other U.S. cities

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A central location and business-friendly environment help account for Houston's population growth. Photo by Tim Leviston/Getty Images

Texas already is what’s known as a minority-majority state, meaning that more than half the state’s residents are non-Hispanic white. And Hispanics are projected to make up the majority of Texas’ population within about 25 years.

The state’s shifting demographics are reflected in the diversity found in three major metro areas in Texas. Based on a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the Bloomberg news service ranks ​Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin among the 20 most racially diverse metro areas in the country.

Houston comes in at No. 5 on the list, with DFW at No. 11, and Austin at No. 19.

“Rich natural resources, abundant land, a central location within the United States, and a business-friendly environment have long attracted both immigrants and U.S. natives to Texas. As a result, the state has grown faster, with a younger and more diverse population, than the nation,” according to an article in the Texas Business Review. “The key challenge Texas faces now is to reduce the economic and educational disparities prevalent among the state’s ethnic groups as the population continues to grow and evolve.”

Here are the population breakdowns for the Houston area, according to Bloomberg:

  • White — 37.8 percent
  • Hispanic — 36.3 percent
  • Black — 16.8 percent
  • Asian — 7.2 percent

By comparison, here are the population breakdowns for DFW, according to Bloomberg:

  • White — 48.3 percent
  • Hispanic — 28.2 percent
  • Black — 16.8 percent
  • Asian — 6 percent

And here are the population breakdowns for the Austin area, according to Bloomberg:

  • White — 53.3 percent
  • Hispanic — 31.9 percent
  • Black — 7 percent
  • Asian — 5.2 percent

Bloomberg’s findings align with a ranking released last year by personal finance website WalletHub. On that list, Houston appeared at No. 3 among the country’s most diverse cities, with Dallas at No. 4, Arlington at No. 14, and Austin at No. 25.

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