Fad­ing whites

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Whites are now in the mi­nor­ity in nearly one in 10 U.S. coun­ties, the Cen­sus Bureau re­ports. As of 2006, non-His­panic whites made up less than half the pop­u­la­tion in 303 of the na­tion’s 3,141 coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures the bureau re­leased Aug. 9. Whites were a mi­nor­ity in 262 coun­ties in 2000, up from 183 in 1990.

The Cen­sus Bureau’s re­port has pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates by race and eth­nic­ity for ev­ery county in the na­tion. They are the first such es­ti­mates since Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports. The big­gest changes in were in Or­leans Parish, La., home to New Or­leans. The share of non-His­panic whites in Or­leans Parish grew from 27 per­cent in 2005 to 34 per­cent in 2006, while the share of blacks dropped from about 68 per­cent to 59 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Slope County, N.D., is the whitest county in the coun­try (99.3 per­cent non-His­panic white), while whites are the small­est mi­nor­ity in Starr County, Texas, where 2.1 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is non-His­panic white.

Many of the na­tion’s big­gest coun­ties have long had large mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tions, but that di­ver­sity is spread­ing. Prince William County, Va., has seen its His­panic pop­u­la­tion more than dou­ble since 2000, to nearly 70,000 last year. Non-His­panic whites ac­count for a lit­tle more than half the pop­u­la­tion, down from about two-thirds in 2000. By 2050, mi­nori­ties will ac­count for half of U.S. res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to Cen­sus Bureau pro­jec­tions.

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