American Communites Project


The following pages contain non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, Hispanic and Asian population data. You can use the data to learn about the racial/ethnic composition of a city or metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Use the dissimilarity index to determine differences in residential patterns of one ethnic/racial group in relation to another. The racial/ethnic composition of the neighborhood where the average member of a particular group lives is determined by using the exposure index, and the percentage of same-group population in the census tract where the average member of a racial/ethnic group lives is determined by using the isolation index.

You can choose to view data for a city, or for a metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

City Data
We have calculated data for all cities with more than 10,000 population in 2000. Note that some indices become unreliable or have little meaning for very smalll places, or where a specific racial/ethnic group is very small. Therefore, you should be cautious in using these data, especially for cities with populations less than 50,000.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Data
The Census Bureau uses a standard set of definitions of the area included in each "metropolitan statistical area" (MSA) or "primary metropolitan statistical area" (PMSA). In most cases they include both a central city (or sometimes two or more central cities) and the ring of surrounding suburbs. At the top of the page for each metro area, we have listed the counties and the city or cities that the census has designated as central cities for this area. After viewing data for the entire metropolitan area, you may select to see information for only the central city or suburban portion. If there is more than one central city, please remember that what we report is for all these cities combined.