Brazil census shows African-Brazilians in the majority for the first time

Tom Phillips – The Guardian, 11/17/2011

The proportion of Brazilians who define themselves as black or mixed race has risen from 44.7% to 50.7% since 2000. Photograph: Caio Guatelli/LatinContent/Getty

For the first time since records began black and mixed race people form the majority of Brazil‘s population, the country’s latest census has confirmed.

Preliminary results from the 2010 census, released on Wednesday, show that 97 million Brazilians, or 50.7% of the population, now define themselves as black or mixed race, compared with 91 million or 47.7% who label themselves white.

The proportion of Brazilians declaring themselves white was down from 53.7% in 2000, when Brazil’s last census was held.

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One Response to Brazil census shows African-Brazilians in the majority for the first time

  1. Nicholas says:

    It is incorrect that Brazilians from African descend (Afro Brazilians is a ridiculous term and not used in Brazil)are the majority in Brazil.

    Preliminary results show 50.7% of Brazilians now define themselves as black or mixed race compared with 47.7% whites. Of the 50.7%, 7.6% is black, means 43.1% is mixed (black-white, white-asian, asian-black, native-white, native-black, because they exist in Brazil and not only white mixed with black). Conclusion, not all mixed Brazilians are from Black descend. So if 7.6% are 100% black, 43.7% mixed, 2% Asian, 1% are 100% native, 46.3% are white. Brazil has all cultures and races of the world. That is a fact.

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