Boston had a majority-white population in 2008

A couple of weeks ago the United States Census Bureau released results from the 2008 American Community Survey. The survey results suggest that Boston had a majority-white population in 2008. Ad the tables below illustrate Boston’s population remains about half white, half non-white, as the case has been for several years.

White means white alone not Hispanic. Latino means Hispanic of any race. Black means black alone, not Hispanic, and Asian means Asian alone, not Hispanic. The “Pop. est.” row in the first table is the official estimate of the size of the city’s population, while the row Boston is the size of the population as indicated by the ACS.

  2008 2007 2006
White 311,474 305,481 288,664
Latino 99,208 103,753 85,685
Black 132,272 129,827 134,397
Asian 50,494 52,112 45,616
Boston 613,411 613,117 575,187
Pop. est. 609,023 608,352 595,698
  2008 2007 2006
White 50.8% 49.8% 50.2%
Latino 16.2% 16.9% 14.9%
Black 21.6% 21.2% 23.4%
Asian 8.2% 8.5% 7.9%

As you may recall there has substantial controversy surrounding the estimates of the size of the city’s population over the last few years.The city argues that the federal United States Census Bureau has consistently underestimated the population, and the Bureau has repeatedly revised the its estimates upwards. Next year’s population count will hopefully settle the matter, at least for 2-3 years.

The city’s argument is basically that the Bureau has grossly underestimated the number of college students and housing project residents.