Race & Ethnicity

Race & Ethnicity



2010 Racial Dot Map


Black household income

Racial School Segregation by Racial Neighborhood Segregation

Web Series

The Misleading Narrative of a Disappearing White Majority
As the number of white people who identify as more than one race (or as Hispanic) continues to grow, more people will be counted as minorities.

Inside the income gap for some Black Virginians
While an income gap exists between the incomes of Black Virginians and other Virginians, for some Black Virginians, the income gap is much smaller or almost non-existent. Exploring why this difference in income exists among Black Virginians can help us to understand at least one dimension of why Black Virginians typically earn less than other Virginians.

As the U.S. population grows increasingly diverse, census race categories are struggling to keep up
The fact that the same Census projection can show whites becoming a minority by 2040 and also show the percent of Americans who identify as white remaining close to levels counted in previous censuses is an indicator of how the race categories we use are struggling to keep up with our changing population.

Diversity among Asians in Virginia
Despite being collectively identified as “Asians,” the Asian population is heterogeneous, comprised of more than thirty different nationalities and ethnic groups.

Will Whites be a minority by 2040?
The increases in diversity generated by shuffling populations from one race category to another should be raising more questions about how we define diversity and a more thorough examination of demographic data.

Why are Black households wealthier in Virginia?
This post explores an alternative explanation by looking into Virginia and mid-Atlantic history.

Black households earn more in the mid-Atlantic, but there is not simple explanation why.
In states with a substantial Black population, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware had the highest household incomes and lowest poverty rates among Blacks.

What race are Hispanics?
There is often a lack of understanding about who identifies as Hispanic and how they fit into the U.S. demographic makeup.

The new racial dot map
This racial dot map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.

Same old story… U.S. is getting older and more diverse
Locally, the distribution of race and ethnicity groups varies and also has changed since 2000.

Majority Minority by 2040?
Over the next 30 years, the Hispanic presence is projected to increase throughout the state, with the largest concentrations remaining in the major urban centers and portions of the Eastern shore.

Racial segregation in Virginia’s schools
School racial segregation clearly follows residential racial segregation.

Residential segregation in Virginia’s counties and cities
Most localities have low levels of racial residential segregation but there are pockets of moderate segregation throughout VA – in NOVA, the Richmond region, Hampton Roads, Albemarle-Charlottesville, and the southwest counties.

Racial attitudes, the generation gap, and the political perfect storm.
The two biggest demographic trends in the nation, aging and growing diversity, may well create the conditions for a political perfect storm and a sectarianism not seen in this country in at least a half a century.



Blacks in Virginia (04.2012)
The relationship between the Commonwealth’s past, and the future for black Virginians, is illuminated in geographic and demographic trends, examined in this report.

Asians in Virginia (05.2011)
As of the last census on April 1, 2010, over 400,000 Asians were living in Virginia, representing 5.5 percent of the population.

Hispanics in Virginia (05.2011)
Hispanics are the second-largest and fastest-growing minority group in Virginia.