1.17.2007

America’s Preferred Cities to Visit (Don’t tell Tommy, but they’re all “3rd world.”)

Which U.S. cities are travelers planning to visit in 2007? According to the search engine Yahoo!, the top ten are some of the country’s most ethnically and racially diverse cities. And with the exception of Honolulu, the cities all have significant Latino populations.

So while Tommy Tancredo and his band of fellow haters have an aversion to these cities and their diversity, Americans from all walks of life are picking them as their preferred cities in which to spend time and money.

Below are the top 10 cities along with the data (as per Wikipedia) on their respective racial and ethnic mix.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada: The racial makeup of the city was 69.86% White; 10.36% African American; 0.75% Native American; 4.78% Asian; 0.45% Pacific Islander; 9.75% from other races; and 4.05% from two or more races. 23.61% of the population is Latino of any race.

2. Orlando, Florida: The racial makeup of the city was 61.10% White, 26.70% African American; 1.43% Asian; 0.34% Native American; 0.08% Pacific Islander; 5.41% from other races; and 2.54% from two or more races. 17.79% of the population were Latino of any race.

3. New York City, New York: The racial makeup of the city was 45% White; 27% African American; and 10% Asian. 27% of the population were Latino of any race.

4. Honolulu, Hawaii: The racial makeup of the city was 19.67% White; 1.62% African American; 0.19% Native American; 55.85% Asian; 6.85% Pacific Islander; 0.89% from other races; and 14.93% from two or more races. 4.37% of the population were Latino of any race.

5. Miami, Florida: The racial makeup of the city was 66.62% White; 22.31% African American; 0.22% Native American; 0.66% Asian; 0.04% Pacific Islander; 5.42% from other races; and 4.74% from two or more races. 67.76% of the population were Latino of any race.

6. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: The racial makeup of the city was 64.27% White; 28.88% African American; 0.23% Native American; 1.03% Asian; 0.05% Pacific Islander; 1.76% from other races; and 3.79% from two or more races. Latino of any race were 9.45% of the population.

7. Los Angeles, California: The racial makeup of the city was 41.9% White; 26.2% African American; 10.0% Asian; 1.4% Native American; 0.2% Pacific Islander; 15.7% from other races; and 5.2% from two or more races. 46.5% of the population were Latino of any race.

8. Tampa, Florida: The racial makeup of the city was 64.22% White, 26.07% African American; 0.38% American Indian; and Alaska Native; 2.15% Asian; 0.09% Native Hawaiian; and Other Pacific Islander; 4.17% from other races; and 2.92% from two or more races. Latino of any race were 19.29% of the population

9. Phoenix, Arizona: As of 2000, the racial makeup of the Phoenix was 71.07% White; 5.10% African American; 2.02% Native American; 2.00% Asian; 0.13% Pacific Islander; 16.40% from other races; and 3.28% from two or more races. 34.06% of the population were Latino of any race.

10. Ft. Myers, Florida: The racial makeup of the city was 56.35% White; 33.39% African American; 0.38% Native American; 0.98% Asian; 0.10% Pacific Islander; 5.69% from other races; and 3.11% from two or more races. Latino of any race were 14.49% of the population.