*WSJ - 7 August 2008* Conor Dougherty Metropolitan areas across the U.S. continue to get more diverse as minorities, especially Hispanics, increase their share of the population. Census Bureau figures demonstrate Hispanics continue to spread beyond Los Angeles, New York and into other cities, suburbs and rural America. The Hispanic population increased in 95% of counties with an overall population greater than 10,000. "The white population is getting older and becoming more constrained." The white population is declining in about half of U.S. counties. More than half the population identifies itself as something other than non-Hispanic white. Whites are projected to fall below 50% of the total U.S. population by 2050. Several states, including Texas, California, Hawaii and New Mexico, have already hit that milestone. Among the black population, the largest growth is among southern cities with the largest numerical gain in Atlanta, where the black population rose by about 65,000. The Dallas-Fort Worth area added 23,000 blacks, and Charlotte, N.C., added 17,000.