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The State of Metropolitan America: 2010

05/11/10     Brookings Institute

by: Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings

Despite gains nationally, Blacks and Latinos still lag behind in educational attainment.  A Brookings report, State of Metropolitan America, analyzes the U.S. Census data, exposing significant gaps in the rates at which Blacks and Latinos earn a high school diploma or college degree. The report highlights the continued "demographic transformation" of the United States, with nonwhites accounting for 83 percent of population growth between 2000 and 2008, heightening challenges for schools across the nation.

This report focuses on the major demographic forces transforming the nation and large metropolitan areas in the 2000s. In this sense, it previews what we will learn from the results of the 2010 Census, as well as supplements those results in important ways. It includes chapters that correspond to nine of the most important subjects tracked by the Census Bureau in its annual American Community Survey, along with the policy implications of the findings.

The State of Metropolitan America uses data from these subject areas to show that our nation faces five "new realities," currently redefining the country. In each of these five areas, the nation reached critical milestones in the 2000s that make those underlying realities too large to ignore any longer. And large metropolitan areas—the collections of cities, suburbs, and rural areas that house two-thirds of America’s population—lay squarely on the front lines of those trends.

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