Monday, April 13, 2015

Pew Research: Reflecting a racial shift, 78 counties turned majority-minority since 2000

Of the 78 counties in the U.S. that went from majority white to majority-minority four of them are in Florida: Osceola, Broward, Orange, and Hardee. Simplified, the white population fell below 50%. Rockdale County in Georgia led the way with a 34.9% shift. Here is an excerpt:
     In the United States as a whole, the white share of the population is declining as Hispanic, Asian and black populations grow. But the shift to a more diverse nation is happening more quickly in some places than in others. [emphasis added]
     From 2000 to 2013, 78 counties in 19 states, from California to Kansas to North Carolina, flipped from majority white to counties where no single racial or ethnic group is a majority, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. (Our analysis includes only counties with a minimum population of 10,000 in 2013.)
     Overall, 266 of these 2,440 counties are less than half white. However, many are in urban areas that together account for about one-third (31%) of the nation’s population, despite making up just 11% of U.S. counties with a minimum population of 10,000. These counties are concentrated in California, the South and the East Coast, bypassing much of the country’s middle section.