Data from the U.S. Census Bureau published last week revealed that Texas is home to the largest Black population in the nation, boasting 3.8 million people as of 2017, according to the Texas Standard.
“This is the first year Texas has been the state with the largest black or African-American population since at least 2010,” Census demographer Molly Cromwell told the news show. “Prior to this year, New York had the largest Black or African-American population back to 2010. The population of Black or African-Americans has been consistently large in Texas for quite some time, however.”
Texas has been among the top three states with the largest Black, or African-American population since 2012, Cromwell noted. Thursday’s data also showed that the Lone Star State saw a significant numeric increase in its Latino population, but not enough to top California, which has the largest Latino population in the entire U.S.
Texas towns and cities that’ve seen the greatest increase in its Black population since 2010 include Prairie View, Desoto, Lancaster and Cedar Hill, just to name a few.
“However, if you look at the percentage of the population that is Black or African American in Texas, it actually ranks 19th among states,” Cromwell added.
The recent data is an indication of America’s growing racial and ethnic diversity in recent years, as the nation’s white population begins to shrink. Last week’s report revealed that for the first time in history, white Americans are dying faster than babies are being born in the majority of U.S. states.
Demographers predict that white Americans will make up less than 50 percent of the U.S. population around the year 2045.