Census: Minorities now the majority in Chatham County

Chatham County is now majority-minority, according to the latest estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

While the county’s non-Hispanic white population grew 0.3 percent to 139,121 from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, the number of racial and ethnic minorities grew by nearly three times that rate at 0.8 percent during the same period.

Numbering 139,313, minorities accounted for just more than 50 percent of the county’s population.

Overall, the U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time in 2043, the Census Bureau reported back in December 2012. Minorities currently represent 37.4 percent of the American population.

Chatham County joins several other counties in the state, primarily in metro Atlanta, with majority minority populations.

savannahnow.com.

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