Census says Franklin, Fulton have low minority numbers

August 10, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday that the population of nearly one in 10 counties finds whites in the minority.

The bureau's estimates included adjustments from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005.

As of 2006, non-Hispanic whites made up less than half the population in 303 of the nation's 3,141 counties, the Associated Press reported. Non-Hispanic whites were a minority in 262 counties in 2000, up from 183 in 1990.

Estimates from the Census Bureau indicate that non-Hispanic whites are 95 percent of the population in Franklin County, Pa. The bureau estimated a total county population of 139,991 for the year 2006.

The population of non-Hispanic whites was 96 percent in 2000, the last Census year. The population then was 129,313.

The estimates released Thursday show 3,963 blacks and 3,790 Hispanics living in Franklin County. Those numbers do not include people with a combination of races.


In Fulton County, non-Hispanic whites were 98 percent of the estimated population of 14,783 in 2006.

Nationally, the number of minorities topped 100 million for the first time in 2006 - about a third of the population. By 2050, minorities will account for half of U.S. residents, according to Census Bureau projections.

A census of the population is done every 10 years.

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