Franklin, Fulton census breakdowns released

May 17, 2001

Franklin, Fulton census breakdowns released


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County's minority populations continued to increase, as did the number of senior citizens and people living alone, trends that mirror the nation, according to Census 2000.

The county's Hispanic population more than doubled from 1990 to 2000 with large increases in its Mexican and Puerto Rican populations, according to demographic profiles released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the county's 2,268 Hispanics in 2000, 972 were Mexican, 557 were Puerto Rican and 63 were Cuban.

The other 676 Hispanics could be from the Dominican Republic, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and other countries in South and Central America.


"Hispanics, nationwide, are probably the fastest growing ethnic group," said Rich Wiscott in the Sociology Department at Shippensburg University.

Within the next two years, Hispanics could be the largest ethnic minority in the country, surpassing African-Americans, Wiscott said.

While Wiscott could not say for certain why the Hispanic population was increasing in Franklin County, he said Hispanic immigrants often send for family members after settling down in the states.

The county also had increases in its Asian population, especially Chinese. In the 1990 Census, 63 county residents noted they were Chinese compared to 125 people in Census 2000.

According to the Census Bureau, in 2000 there were 184 Koreans, 140 Asian Indians, 92 Filipinos, 73 Vietnamese, 37 Japanese, 15 Guamanians, 12 Native Hawaiians and 6 Samoans in the county.

People were allowed to select more than one race in Census 2000.

The latest data release from Census 2000 was an abbreviated version of the demographic profile expected to be released in June.

For example, it states how many people lived in institutionalized group quarters, but did not break down the category to show how many were inmates and how many were nursing home residents. Noninstitutionalized group quarters include college dormitories, military quarters and group homes.

The data included more detailed information about race and ethnicity than was released in March. It also included statistics on gender, age groups, the relationship of individuals in households and families, and housing occupancy.

The census shows the number of people 65 and older in Franklin county climbed from 17,498 in 1990 to 20,751 in 2000. In 2000, 2,452 people were 85 and older.

Of the 36,410 family households in the county in 2000, 60 percent consisted of married couples and 24 percent were people living alone. Of the 12,018 people living alone in Franklin County in 2000, 5,401 were 65 and older.

The Census Bureau is staggering the release of state demographic profiles during the next week.

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